Natural disasters

Wildfires force new evacuations, threaten thousands of structures as California declares state of emergency

Forrest fire

The Governor of California Gavin Newsom declared a statewide state of emergency on August 18, 2020, as a result of the ongoing wildfires and heatwave affecting the state. As of early August 20, more than 400 wildfires are burning across the state.

An ‘Extreme Heat Event’ struck California and surrounding Western States on August 14, causing record-breaking temperatures and Red Flag Warnings throughout California.

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