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"The new normal": Governor Jerry Brown surveys damage of Thomas Fire

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KSBY Photo: Governor Jerry Brown during a press conference in Ventura on December 9, 2017 KSBY Photo: Governor Jerry Brown during a press conference in Ventura on December 9, 2017

Update (1:30 p.m.) - California Governor Jerry Brown says deadly and destructive wildfires in winter are "the new normal."
    
Brown on Saturday toured Ventura County neighborhoods ravaged by a weeklong wildfire that killed at least one person and destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings.
    
At a news conference, Brown said drought and climate change mean California faces a "new reality" where lives and property are continually threatened by fire, at a cost of billions of dollars.
    
He added that gusty winds and low humidity are continuing and warned that there's a good chance of seeing "firefighting at Christmas."

He also said: "With climate change, some scientists are saying Southern California is literally burning up."


He said it will take "heroic" efforts in the U.S. and abroad to stem climate change and urged U.S. lawmakers to pay more attention to dealing with natural disasters such as fires, floods and earthquakes.

"We have to pull together in the largest sense possible and take the heroic action that we need to make our communities livable, now and into the distant future."
    


California Govenor Jerry Brown will visit the scene of a deadly wildfire in Ventura as firefighters continue the battle against wind-whipped blazes that have torched hundreds of homes.
    
Brown will survey damage from the Thomas Fire on Saturday and will meet with emergency management officials and residents.
    
The fire is the largest of six that have scorched Southern California. The fires from Ventura County to San Diego County have destroyed more than 500 buildings, killed dozens of horses and forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate.
    
One death is blamed on the Ventura blaze: A 70-year-old woman who crashed her car while evacuating.
    
On Friday, President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration allowing counties affected by the wildfires to receive federal assistance.

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