With a number of wildfires burning across the state, California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday declared a state of emergency in San Diego and 14 other counties to help mobilize additional firefighting resources.

“California’s severe drought and extreme weather have turned much of the state into a tinderbox,” said Brown. “Our courageous firefighters are on the front lines and we’ll do everything we can to help them.”

The resolution mobilizes the California National Guard to assist with firefighting, allows California to seek help from other states, and requires citizens to cooperate with firefighters.

Wildfires have burned thousands of acres in San Diego, Butte, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lake, Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Shasta, Solano, Tulare, Tuolumne and Yolo counties.

Cal Fire‘s map currently shows 18 active fires, including the Cutca blaze near Palomar Mountain in San Diego County.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.