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Rampant fire, wind destruction prompts statewide emergency declaration

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President of Board of Supervisors and acting Mayor of the city and county of San Francisco London Breed speaks during a press conference announcing the death of Mayor Ed Lee at City Hall on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Ed Lee passed away from an apparent heart attack late Monday night while shopping at his neighborhood grocery store.

Gov. Gavin Newsom Sunday declared a statewide emergency as fire rages in the North Bay and other parts of California.

Wind gusts are high, humidity is low and evacuations have been ordered for parts of Santa Rosa and the area between Windsor and Healdsburg in Sonoma County, among other areas.

According to Cal Fire, the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County has burned about 30,000 acres and was only 10 percent contained as of Sunday afternoon.

In Southern California, the Tick Fire has prompted the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents.

In a statement, Newsom said:

“We are deploying every resource available, and are coordinating with numerous agencies as we continue to respond to these fires.”

He said:

“It is critical that people in evacuation zones heed the warnings from officials and first responders.”

Newsom’s office said that earlier in the week the governor secured Fire Management Assistance Grants to help ensure sufficient the resources were available to extinguish the Kincade and Tick fires.

The grants will also help agencies at the local, tribal and state levels recover eligible costs that the fires have caused.

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