California Declares State of Emergency

On Saturday, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency due to the outbreak of wildfires in central and northern California. Thousands of acres have been burned, and some residents have been asked to evacuate their homes. One three-day strong fire in Modoc County burned 12,5000 acres. It is only about 15 percent contained. The atypically high temperatures and dry weather in these regions of the state have exacerbated the wildfires. Dennis Mathisen, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said, “With warmer weather conditions, low humidity and some wind, and all you need is a spark, and a series of dry lightning strikes, and that's a recipe for disaster."