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State of Emergency Declared in Arizona

Posted by feww on June 24, 2017

Emergency declared in response to multiple wildfires burning in Arizona

Ariz. Governor Declares State Of Emergency, Calls For Additional Resources To Fight Wildfires

In response to increased wildfire activity around Arizona, the governor has declared a state of emergency and directed additional resources be made available for the state’s wildfire suppression efforts. Since April 2017, Arizona has experienced more than one dozen large wildfires, aided by high temperatures, winds, and available fuels, said an official statement.

Arizona has experienced at least 12 large wildfires since April including Lizard Fire (16,000 acres) burning 25km east of Benson, the Boundary Fire burning on Kendrick Mountain northwest of Flagstaff (12,000 acres) and the Encino Fire burning in Sonoita 80km southwest of Tucson(1,500 acres, destroying six homes, and prompting mass evacuation orders).

Arizona Declares Statewide Health Emergency In Opioid Epidemic

Arizona Governor signed an emergency declaration on June 5 to address the growing number of opioid deaths in our state.

Data from the Arizona Department of Health Services shows in 2016, 790 Arizonans died from opioid overdoses — an average of more than two people per day. The trend shows an alarming increase of 74 percent over the past four years. Today’s declaration by the governor directs the Arizona Department of Health Services to rapidly respond to this public health emergency.

“As the number of opioid overdoses and deaths increase at an alarming rate, we must take action. It’s time to call this what it is — an emergency,” said Governor Ducey. “Most of us know someone impacted by substance abuse — our family, our friends, our neighbors. Our hearts ache for them, but that isn’t enough. We must do more. I’m declaring a statewide health emergency because we need to know more about the epidemic, including enhanced data that illustrates when and where these overdoses occur so that we can develop real, targeted solutions.”
https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2017/06/governor-ducey-declares-statewide-health-emergency-opioid-epidemic

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