Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Kern County Friday due to the devastation wrought by the Erskine Fire.
A news release from Brown’s office noted the fire has resulted in multiple deaths, led to the evacuation of thousands of residents, burned thousands of acres and destroyed homes and critical infrastructure.
“Anne and I extend our heartfelt sympathies to everyone impacted by this destructive blaze,” Brown said in the release. “We join all Californians in expressing our gratitude to the courageous firefighters, emergency personnel and volunteers working tirelessly throughout Kern County to help residents and extinguish this fire.”