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Gov. Newsom provides update on the state’s response to wildfires and COVID-19 pandemic

Governor Gavin Newsom
Posted at 12:19 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 16:35:30-04

Gov. Newsom provides an update on the state’s response to wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three giant Northern California wildfires are still burning around the San Francisco Bay Area but the weather is giving firefighters a break.

The National Weather Service has lifted a warning for dry lightning and gusty winds that could have fanned fires. Fire commanders are reporting more humid conditions and less wind Monday.

Officials say six homeowners trying to check on their properties were surprised by fire and had to be rescued in a county south of San Francisco. The death toll has reached seven since the fires started and the lightning sparked fires have scorched more than 1,800 square miles across the state.

Amid the start of an already deadly fire season, the state is also dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Many California students and teachers began classes online through distance learning.

Newsom has said the state has still not minimized it's mixing, and 35 counties remain on California's monitoring list.

Last week the governor said statewide the positivity rate and hospitalizations continue to decrease, but not in every part of the state, including the Central Valley.

California has reported more than 660,000 positive coronavirus cases.