California Governor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Hahn both issued emergency declarations for and in the county of Los Angeles Friday in response to the Tick Fire.
The Tick Fire started in unincorporated Agua Dulce and spread rapidly to the city of Santa Clarita. It has burned just under 4,300 acres and 40,000 residents remained under evacuation orders as of Friday mid-afternoon.
Newsom’s emergency proclamation also applies to Sonoma County due to the effects of the Kincade Fire. The two blazes have destroyed structures, threatened homes and critical infrastructure, and caused the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents.
The governor announced Thursday that the state has secured federal Fire Management Assistance Grants to help ensure the availability of resources to fight the Tick Fire and Kincade Fire and enable local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.
Newsom also held a public briefing in Los Angeles Thursday regarding the ongoing fire threats and the need to hold utilities accountable for the consequences of their decisions to shut off power for large portions of the state.
Hahn’s proclamation of a local emergency allows Los Angeles County to enact emergency powers to support the response to the fire. This includes an expedited procurement process for resources and allows the county to enforce emergency evacuations. It also allows the county to be eligible for cost recovery from the state and federal governments and may allow individual citizens to qualify for disaster relief.
“This local emergency proclamation will ensure that our firefighters and first responders have the support, authority, and resources they need to protect life and property,” Hahn said in a statement. “I commend our firefighters for their bravery and grit as they continue to battle the Tick Fire.”
Read the county’s full Local Emergency Proclamation.
Read the governor’s State of Emergency declaration.
Get the latest Tick Fire updates here.