Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Riverside County


SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Riverside County following a recent wildfire, identified as the Silver Fire, that has damaged residences, threatened homes and caused evacuations.

The full text of the emergency proclamation is below:


WHEREAS a wildfire started on August 7, 2013, and continues to burn in Riverside County; and

WHEREAS the fire has burned over 10,000 acres, damaged homes, and is threatening 500 other residences, necessitating the evacuation of residents, and the opening of emergency shelters; and

WHEREAS on August 8, 2013, the Federal Emergency Management Agency granted funds to assist with firefighting costs in Riverside County; and

WHEREAS on August 8, 2013, Riverside County proclaimed a local emergency and requested that I proclaim a state of emergency; and

WHEREAS the circumstances of this wildfire, by reason of their magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of any single county, city and county, or city 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 exists within the County of Riverside due to these events.

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 within Riverside County.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT all agencies of the state government 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.

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 9th day of August, 2013.

Governor of California


Secretary of State