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Bakersfield Congressman and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy issues statement on Thomas Fire

Posted at 12:23 PM, Dec 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-05 15:27:48-05

Bakersfield Congressman and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy issued a statement this morning on Thomas Fire burning in Ventura County. 

"Before I speak, I first want to tell those in Southern California that are battling another fire….this is a devastating fire in Ventura that's just blocks away from City Hall. Not just our thoughts and prayers are with you but any equipment or resources from the federal government we will make sure it's provided and create the synergy with those in the state. And to the first responders we know what you've been called upon this year with the hurricanes and we thank you for being there in the time of need right now."

Governor Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency Tuesday morning and said, “This fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got,” said Governor Brown. “It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so.”

SEE MORE: Governor Brown declares state of emergency in Ventura County due to Thomas Fire

SEE MORE: Southern California homes destroyed as Thomas Fire burns thousands of acres

The Thomas Fire broke out Monday night and exploded to more than 45,000 acres overnight. 

More than 27,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and 150 structures have been destroyed.