Late Friday, Gov. Jerry declared a state of emergency in Riverside County as the area of Silver Fire expanded to 18,000 acres.
Earlier in the day, state Sen. Bill Emerson, R-Redlands, whose district includes the area of the fire, sent a letter to the Governor asking for the declaration.
“I have been monitoring the situation closely and understand that Riverside County has declared a local state of emergency and plan to request that an emergency be declared by the state as well,” Emmerson said in a statement. “Given the severe risk to life and property, we must do all we can to protect the health and safety of residents in these communities.”
A state of emergency would allow state funding and resources to flow toward the affected area.