County Health Officer and OC Health Care Agency Director Issue Local Health Emergency Declaration
(Santa Ana, CA) – The County of Orange Health Officer and OC Health Care Agency Director today issued a Local Health Emergency Declaration in response to damage from the Canyon Fire 2. The declaration assists the City of Anaheim to qualify for debris removal costs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
"I am issuing this declaration to protect public health and safety of all Orange County residents affected by the Canyon Fire 2," said Dr. Eric Handler, County Health Officer. “Ash, debris and other hazardous substances from the fire pose a potential hazard to human health and the environment unless immediately addressed and mitigated.”
California Health and Safety Code Section 101080 states that “the local health officer or director may declare a local health emergency in the jurisdiction or any area thereof” affected by hazardous waste which is an imminent public health threat. The declaration will remain in effect for seven days; however, the Orange County Board of Supervisors can extend the declaration based on the City of Anaheim's need to continue the local health emergency.
“The fire was incredibly destructive to Anaheim and other populated areas in addition to open space land,” said Supervisor Todd Spitzer, 3rd District. “We are responding quickly to remove debris in order to protect our citizens from any lingering hazards and prevent further damage to the local environment.”
“We need to protect our community and environment from the debris resulting from the Canyon Fire 2,” said Supervisor Shawn Nelson, 4th District. “This declaration ensures we can immediately address the potential hazards quickly and safely.”
FEMA, Governor Jerry Brown, and the County of Orange declared a state of emergency last week to assist with manpower, equipment and financial recovery. For Canyon Fire 2 assistance, view the City of Anaheim’s Recovery Resources at www.anaheim.net/documentcenter/view/18274.
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