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Fire Moves to Granada Hills, Mayor Declares Local Emergency

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As the Sesnon Fire reached around 10,000 acres, heading into Granada Hills and prompting new evacuations near O'Melvany Park, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa declared a local emergency late this morning. Such declarations can be made when Villaraigosa finds that an event reaches a magnitude beyond the control of the normal services, personnel, equipment and facilities of the departments within the City government, according to the Mayor's Office.

“In declaring a Local Emergency for the City of Los Angeles, I have made all City resources available to fighting the fires, helping Angelenos with their loss and preparing for State and Federal disaster assistance,” Mayor Villaraigosa said of the declaration which went into effect immediately.

Yesterday, Governor Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency. A complete copy of the local declaration follows: