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Gov. Newsom Declares State of Emergency Due to Growing Wildfires

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A state of emergency was declared Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom for Sonoma, Napa and Shasta counties because of the Glass and Zogg fires, the governor's office said. 

Newsom also Monday requested a major disaster declaration to help with the state and local response and recovery from the wildfires in Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, San Bernardino, San Diego and Siskiyou counties. 

The state of emergency is in response to fires that have burned tens of thousands of acres, destroyed critical infrastructure and homes and prompted the evacuation of many thousands of residents. 

In Napa and Sonoma counties, the Glass Fire as of 6 p.m. Monday had burned more than 36,000 acres and was 0 percent contained. It burned more than 20,000 acres in about six hours. 

Nearly 80,000 people are under evacuation orders in the two counties. 

The state had already secured a presidential major disaster declaration to help with the state's response to the wildfires burning in Northern California, Newsom's office said. 

Fire Management Assistance Grants were also secured from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with the state's response to the fires statewide. 

Newsom also has declared a statewide emergency because of the state's extreme weather and fires, has the state's operations center at its highest level and signed an executive order to make recovery quicker in areas affected by the fires, his office said.

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