CALIFORNIA --- The Governor of California is declaring a wildfire emergency ahead of this year's fire season.
The emergency declaration order allows fire officials to bypass environmental and other regulations to clear dead trees and vegetation from 90,000 acres across the state. The governor says the number of trees is increasing the state's wildfire risk.
The state had its deadliest and most destructive wildfire seasons in 2017 and 2018.
California Governor Gavin Newsom says, "we've gotta step up our game. Dare I say it, get our act together. The last few years, we've seen improvements. This fire season, it's right around the corner and we cannot be, you know, once again, flat footed and just in a reactive and a suppression mode."
The governor is spending 50 million dollars on public outreach around disaster preparedness and response in disadvantaged communities.
He's also making it easier for state government to work with the private sector on innovative wildfire solutions.