The Camp Fire burns near Jarbo Gap in Butte County, Calif., on Nov. 8, 2018. (CAL FIRE)

California Auditor Faults Counties, State for Lack of Wildfire Disaster Planning

A California state Auditor’s Office report released Thursday ripped state officials and local governments for failing to adequately set up “plans to alert, evacuate and shelter” residents as deadly and destructive wildfires swept through communities over the past three years.

In addition to singling out three specific counties for their lack of planning, the report criticized the state Office of Emergency Services for not providing assistance to help local governments make plans in preparation for wildfires.

The state auditor reviewed Sonoma, Ventura and Butte counties’ emergency plans and whether they incorporated best practices because each had endured devastating wildfires in the past three years.

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