A cloud of smoke rises from the fire at Ranch 2 on August 15, 2020 as viewed from Azusa, California.
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California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Tuesday to ensure states receive vital resources in the event of forest fires that aggravated a suffocating heatwave.
At least 27 fires are raging across the state, including some caused by lightning from a rare Sunday summer thunderstorm, according to a map from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Safety. The flames increased temperatures due to an already severe heat wave that hit over the weekend.
A fiery tornado was discovered near the Nevada border on Saturday that continues to burn the Loyalton Fire in the Tahoe National Forest.
The Emergency Ordinance will allow agencies to use whatever resources they can to protect residents under such "extreme" conditions, Newsom announced on Tuesday.
"California and its federal and local partners are working in lockstep to meet the challenge and remain vigilant in the face of persistently dangerous weather conditions," Newsom said.
The state has experienced rolling power outages as the high temperatures have pushed the state's power grid to its limits.
The governor signed an emergency announcement on Monday to avoid power outages. The order allowed some users and utilities to use "backup power sources" during peak periods.
The National Weather Service urged residents of the west coast to take the elevated temperatures seriously in order to prevent heat-related diseases.
"Yes, it's summer and summer is hot, but that's different," the agency tweeted. "These are record temperatures in one of the hottest times of the year."