Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176
June 4, 2013
For Immediate Release
COUNTY PROCLAIMS STATE OF EMERGENCY
FOR THE POWERHOUSE FIRE
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – On a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, the Board of Supervisors unanimously ratified the proclamation a local state of emergency resulting from the Powerhouse fire. Started on May 30, the fire has burned approximately 32,032 acres and is 60% contained. A total of 15 structures have been damaged, 6 destroyed, and 275 structures are still threatened.
As the extent of the damage is assessed and thresholds are met, this declaration will waive regulations which may hinder response and recovery efforts, make recovery assistance available under the California Disaster Assistance Act and enable access to applicable federal, state and local resources and disaster relief assistance.