Lake County borders Napa and Sonoma counties which were damaged by huge fires in October 2017. Firefighting crews from the San Francisco Bay area joined the effort to contain the wildfire yesterday morning.

The Pawnee fire is one of five active fires in Northern California, where the summer’s dry weather and high winds contribute to wildfire fuel. Brown’s declaration consolidates disaster response efforts across multiple fire departments. California is still working to centralize its emergency response to disasters following a particularly destructive series of wildfires in 2017.

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