California Proclaims State of Emergency for Santa Clara, Santa Cruz Fires

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a proclamation related to the Summit Fire after flames crossed into Santa Clara County. The Governor issued a similar proclamation on May 22, 2008, for Santa Cruz County.

“I visited the Summit Fire Camp yesterday to thank the dedicated and hard working firefighters who are aggressively battling this blaze and to make sure they have every resource needed to fight this fire. We are issuing another proclamation for Santa Clara County, now that the fire has unfortunately crossed the Santa Cruz County line, so both counties will have all the resources necessary to continue combating the Summit Fire. My administration is working closely with federal and local officials and we will continue to mobilize and coordinate all fire fighting resources.”

On May 9, 2008, the Governor issued Executive Order S-03-08, which boosted the state’s preparedness for wildfire season and directed the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to immediately mobilize critical firefighting resources and personnel to save lives and homes statewide.

Source: Office of the Governor