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Gov. Brown issues state of emergency in Ventura County due to Thomas Fire

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California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Ventura County as the Thomas Fire continues to consume thousands of acres and destroy homes in its path. 

The announcement came from the governor's office Tuesday morning.

As of Tuesday morning, the Thomas Fire had burned more than 45,000 acres and destroyed at least 150 structures. The blaze is completely uncontained.

“This fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got,” said Governor Brown in the declaration. “It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so.”

The declaration of a state of emergency will allow all additional state resources to be sent to assist with fighting the Thomas Fire. 

The California National Guard will mobilize to help with the fire fight, according to the governor's announcement. 

Click here to read the governor's full statement. 

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson also issued a statement in the wake the Thomas Fire. 

“I am devastated by the impact this fire has and will likely continue to have on our communities. I am grateful to the more than 1,000 firefighters and first responders for their heroic efforts battling this blaze, and buoyed by the community spirit, as neighbors help neighbors in need," Jackson said in her statement. 

Jackson called on residents to get read to leave their homes if conditions worsen. 

"The safety of our community should be our first priority, and those in proximity to the fire should be prepared. I urge everyone to follow evacuation orders, and to keep close tabs on the development of the fire," she said. 

Jackson also encouraged locals to sign up for emergency alerts through Ventura County's website here. 

You can also find the fire and evacuation information here. 

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