California Governor declares state of emergency in five counties due to devastating wildfires

# 09:06
7 September 2020

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in five counties on Sunday amid powerful wildfires that have already claimed eight lives, APA reports citing Sputnik.

The list of counties includes Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, San Bernardino, and San Diego.

According to a Sunday update from Cal Fire, nearly 14,800 firefighters are battling 23 major fires and lightning complexes across the state.

​The state recently dealt with the Creek Fire that burned about 45,000 acres (18,210 hectares), prompting mass evacuations.

Two active wildfires in California, the SCU Lightning Complex and the LNU Lightning Complex are the second and third largest wildfire incidents in state history, according to Cal Fire.