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California Governor's Office of Emergency Activates State Operations Center to Assist with Chimney Fire

Governor Jerry Brown declares State of Emergency in San Luis Obispo County

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. - More help is coming to the crews battling the Chimney Fire in San Luis Obispo County. The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services has activated the State Operations Center to provide assistance to SLO County.

The assistance also extends to the crews fighting the Clayton Fire in Lake County.

Several agencies that include Cal OES Fire and other various response agencies, are working to address all emergency management, evacuation, and mutual aids needs for these two fires.

"Our State Operations Center ensures that the full capabilities of our State's mutual aid system are available to assist first responders and communities impacted by these fires," said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. "California's emergency managers and first responders are the best in the nation, and we work together to bring critical resources to the table for incidents like these."

Cal OES says there's 9,074 firefighters statewide battling different wildfires, and several hundred more are on order. Cal OES is working to coordinate and dispatch state resources such as mutual aid fire engines, fire personnel, and other specialty equipment needed.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency in San Luis Obispo on Monday due to the Chimney Fire.

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