California: L.A. county fires: state of emergency

Sand Fire: California declares state of emergency in Los Angeles County

California Gov. Jerry Brown is at the Democratic National Convention, so acting Gov. Tom Torlakson was the one who issued an emergency declaration for Los Angeles County due to the Sand Fire. He also issued an emergency proclamation for Monterey County due to the Soberanes fire.


The announcement from the governor’s office notes that the fires have burned tens of thousands of acres, threatened thousands of homes and other structures and caused evacuations.


The declaration clears the way for additional help when it comes to fighting the Sand Fire.


Earlier Tuesday, Los Angeles County Supervisors declared a local state of emergency for the Sand Fire.


The wildfire in Santa Clarita has torn through more than 58 square miles of dry brush, burned 18 homes and temporarily displaced about 20,000 people in Santa Clarita.


The move from the county allowed Gov. Jerry Brown to direct the state to take formal action to assist the county. Read more: