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Gov. Jerry Brown Issues Executive Order Expediting Response to California’s Devastating Fires

A firefighter monitors a back fire while battling the Medocino Complex Fire on Aug. 7, 2018, near Lodoga. (Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

A firefighter monitors a back fire while battling the Medocino Complex Fire on Aug. 7, 2018, near Lodoga. (Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order Thursday to expedite recovery efforts in areas hardest hit by California’s wildfires.

Assisting fire-ravaged communities in Lake, Siskiyou, Shasta, Mendocino and Napa counties, the order suspends regulations on clearing fire-related debris and eliminates limits on the number of hours emergency personnel can work. More than 13,000 firefighters are battling blazes across the state.

The order also suspends planning and zoning requirements and waives state fees for manufactured homes and mobile home parks, extends a state ban on price gouging during emergencies, and allows accelerated hiring of additional personnel for emergency and recovery operations.

It comes nearly two weeks after the governor declared a state of emergency in Mendocino, Lake and Napa counties. Last week, Brown announced that the White House had approved his request for a federal major disaster declaration in Shasta County.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.