August 16, 2016 (RIVERSIDE) Governor Edmunf Brown declared a state of emergency in San Bernardino for the fast moving Blue Cut fire. It has already burned thousands of acres and 88,000 people have been told to evacuate.
The fire started at 10:36 in the morning According to the United States Forest service, “An estimated 34,500 homes and 82,640 people are being affected by the evacuation warnings.”
Also there is an air quality advisory for portions of San Bernardino County. If you know residents in the affected area these are the listed road closures, as well as other important details, such as shelters. The road closures are expected to change due to the nature of this fast moving fire.
Highway 138 has been closed from Interstate 15 to Highway 2
Old Cajon Blvd north of Devore Cutoff
Lytle Creek @ Glen Helen
Beekley Road from Phelan Road to the128
Hwy 38 to Lone Pine Canyon has been closed.
15 Northbound at I-215
15 Southbound at Ranchero
Jessie Turner Community Center
15556 Summit Avenue
Sultana High School
17311 Sultana St.
Hesperia, CA 92345
ANIMAL EVACUATION SHELTER:
Apple Valley Animal Shelter (small animals)
22131 Powhatan Road
Apple Valley, CA 92308
San Bernardino County Fairgrounds
14800 7th Street
Victorville, CA 92395
Devore Animal Shelter (small animals)
19777 Shelter Valley
San Bernardino, CA
Victorville Fair Grounds (large animals)
14800 7th Ave.
Per San Bernardino City School District – Kimbark Elementary School students are being evacuated to Chavez Middle School located at 6650 North Magnolia Avenue, San Bernardino 92407 where they will remain for the rest of the day as a precaution
Snowline Unified School District is evacuating students from Wrightwood Elementary School. Reunification with parents that cannot pick up their students by 3:00 p.m. will take place at Serrano High School located at 9292 Sheep Creek Road, Phelan CA 92370
Snowline Unified also reports cancellation of bus routes in Wrightwood and the West Cajon Valley. Students on those routes will also be taken to Serrano High School for reunification
Snowline USD Info Line: 760-868-5817/Snowline USD website: snowlineschools.com
It goes without saying, if you fly drones, they won’t be able to fly air attack units, such as fixed wing bombers and helicopters. A NOTAM, has been issued as well for pilots.
The emergency declaration makes federal funds available. This will make fighting the fire easier, but also activates the Federal Emergency Management Agency funds. We are posting the full declaration.
PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY
WHEREAS on August 16, 2016, the Blue Cut Fire started in San Bernardino County, and has rapidly burned thousands of acres of land, and continues to burn; and
WHEREAS this fire has burned several homes and threatens thousands of structures, including additional homes, necessitating the evacuation of thousands of residents; and
WHEREAS the fire is expanding rapidly and has caused injuries to firefighters and destroyed firefighting equipment; and
WHEREAS a Federal Fire Management Assistance Grant has been requested and approved for the Blue Cut Fire; and
WHEREAS on January 17, 2014, I declared a State of Emergency based on the extreme drought that has caused millions of trees to die, and increased the severity and spread of fires throughout the State; and
WHEREAS the circumstances of this fire by reason of its magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of any single local government and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat; and
WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8558(b) of the California Government Code, I find that conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property exist in California due to this fire; and
WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8571 of the California Government Code, I find that strict compliance with various statutes and regulations specified in this order would prevent, hinder, or delay the mitigation of the effects of this fire.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the State Constitution and statutes, including the California Emergency Services Act, and in particular, section 8625 of the California Government Code, HEREBY PROCLAIM A STATE OF EMERGENCY to exist in San Bernardino County.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
1. All agencies of the state government shall utilize and employ state personnel, equipment, and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the State Emergency Plan. Also, all citizens are advised to heed the instructions of emergency officials with regard to this emergency in order to protect their safety.
2. Health and Safety Code sections 103525.5 and 103625, and Penal Code section 14251, requiring the imposition of fees, are hereby suspended with regard to any request for copies of certificates of birth, death, marriage, and dissolution of marriage records, by any individual who lost such records as a result of the fire. Such copies shall be provided without charge.
3. Vehicle Code sections 9265(a), 9867, 14901, 14902 and 15255.2, requiring the imposition of fees, are suspended with regard to any request for replacement of a driver’s license, identification card, vehicle registration certificate, or certificate of title, by any individual who lost such records as a result of the fire. Such records shall be replaced without charge.
4. Vehicle Code sections 4602 and 5902, requiring the timely registration or transfer of title, are suspended with regard to any registration or transfer of title by any residents of San Bernardino County who are unable to comply with those requirements as a result of the fire. The time covered by this suspension shall not be included in calculating any late penalty pursuant to Vehicle Code section 9554.
5. Unemployment Insurance Code section 1253, imposing a one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance applicants are suspended as to all applicants who are unemployed as a direct result of the fire, who apply for unemployment insurance benefits during the time period beginning August 16, 2016, and ending on the close of business on February 16, 2017, and who are otherwise eligible for unemployment insurance benefits in California.
6. The Office of Emergency Services shall determine if local government assistance to San Bernardino County is appropriate under the authority of the California Disaster Assistance Act, California Government Code section 8680 et seq. and California Code of Regulations, Title 19, section 2900 et seq.
I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this proclamation be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given of this proclamation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 16th day of August 2016.
EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor of California
Secretary of State