Gov. Brown declares state of emergency in LA and Ventura counties due to fires
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles and Ventura counties in response to the multiple wildfires that have broken out.
So far, the Thomas Fire in Ventura County has burned 50,000 acres and has forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.
The Rye Fire in Santa Clarita has burned at least 5,000 acres and forced evacuations and the temporary closure of Interstate 5.
The Creek Fire is burning in the Sylmar area and has burned 10,000 acres and forced thousands from their homes.
Thousands of firefighters from across the state have been sent out to fight the fires, including at least 70 from Kern County.