Supervisors formally declare local emergency because of fires

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - The Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a local emergency proclamation stemming from three wildfires that erupted in Riverside County during last week's Santa Ana windstorm, ensuring the county can access state and federal relief to mitigate the impact of the fires. "The `Water,' `Hill' and `46' Fires caused property damage, displacement of residents and the evacuation of medical facilities,'' according to the county's Local Emergency Declaration, issued by Emergency Management Department Director Bruce Barton. "Evacuation orders (were) issued for the communities of Nuevo, Jurupa Valley and surrounding areas.'' Under state law, a county's EMD director or similarly authorized figure can designate a local emergency, but it only lasts seven days unless formally approved
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