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State of Emergency in San Bernardino County

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(Best Syndication News) The county Board of Supervisors made it official yesterday: San Bernardino has declared a state of emergency.

The new declaration will qualify the county for financial assistance to cover its emergency response efforts to the Hill Fire. This includes a Federal Emergency Management Assistance (FEMA) Grant.

This is a follow-up to an emergency order filed by Supervisor Josie Gonzalez on Saturday. According to David Wert, spokesperson for San Bernardino, the county has already qualified for the grant. Wednesday’s ratification by the board was necessary to keep the proclamation in effect.

The county set up a shelter at the County Fairgrounds in Victorville. The American Red Cross was also called in. Shelter for the animals was provided by the County Public Health Animal Care and Control Division.

The Hill Fire began on Friday just after noon in the center portion of the I-15 Freeway. The fire is now 100 percent contained, but Cal Fire says that 95 personnel are still assigned to the fire.

The Forest Service, along with Cal Fire, was also called in to fight the Hill Fire. There were 14 fixed-wing aircraft, a DC-10, and six helicopters used.

At the height of the fire on Saturday, there were nearly 1,000 fire personnel on hand. The fire destroyed two homes and prompted the evacuation of 1,500 residents. When the cleanup is complete, the county will end the emergency.

By: Dan Wilson

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