Gov. Jay Inslee issued two emergency proclamations today relating to the climate crisis; one update to a previously issued proclamation regarding wildfires, and a new proclamation declaring a state of emergency in 18 counties due to heat damage from recent extreme temperatures.
This proclamation amends the Wildfire/Burn Ban proclamation to now also suspend the statutory truck driver hour limitations. This is needed to address the interruption in fuel distribution to firefighters. It will also allow the National and State Guard to assist firefighters.
This proclamation declares an emergency in 18 counties due to heat damage to roads and infrastructure. This will trigger Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans and allow for local coordination to assist in addressing the damage in an expedited manner.