California Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday declared a state of emergency and mobilized the national guard to guarantee continuity of vital resources amid raging wildfires and a stifling heat wave.
Newsom explained that the emergency order will allow agencies to deploy every possible resource to keep residents safe under such “extreme” conditions.
“California and its federal and local partners are working in lockstep to meet the challenge and remain vigilant in the face of continued dangerous weather conditions,” Newsom said.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported at least 27 fires are raging across the state. Some were caused by lightning from a rare summer thunderstorm Sunday.
On Monday, the governor signed an emergency proclamation to prevent rolling blackouts. This allowed some users and utilities to use “backup energy sources.”
The National Weather Service urged residents on the West Coast to take the heightened temperatures seriously to prevent heat-related illnesses.