WHEREAS on December 5, 2017, I proclaimed a state of emergency to exist in Los Angeles County as a result of the Creek and Rye Fires; and

WHEREAS these wildfires burned thousands of acres, destroyed homes, displaced residents, and damaged and destroyed structures and critical infrastructure; and

WHEREAS these damaged and destroyed facilities require significant repair and reconstruction work; and

WHEREAS under the provisions of Government Code section 8571, I find that strict compliance with the various statutes and regulations specified in this order would prevent, hinder, or delay the mitigation of the effects of the Creek and Rye Fires.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, and in particular, Government Code sections 8567 and 8571, do hereby issue the following order to become effective immediately:

1) The Office of Emergency Services shall provide local government assistance to Los Angeles, if appropriate, under the authority of the California Disaster Assistance Act, Government Code section 8680 et seq., and California Code of Regulations, Title 19, section 2900 et seq.

2) The provisions of Unemployment Insurance Code section 1253 imposing a one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance applicants are suspended as to all applicants who are unemployed as a direct result of the Creek and Rye Fires, who applied for unemployment insurance benefits during the time period beginning December 5, 2017 and ending on the close of business on June 5, 2018, and who are otherwise eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this proclamation be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given of this proclamation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 17th day of January 2018.

Governor of California


Secretary of State

An attested copy of the executive order can be found here.