Today will be “another challenging day” as California continues to battle the heat wave and wildfires, Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a press briefing on Wednesday.
“This fire season has been very active,” Newsom said, as he compared the “substantially lower” number of fires last year.
Of the 367 total fires burning statewide, 23 are considered major wildfires.
While California is challenged by the number of active fires burning, Newsom said the state is in a better state of preparedness with a world-class firefighting force and equipment.
Newsom said every firefighting resource is being utilized and the resources are “stretched” throughout the state. The state is also receiving firefighting support from other states like Arizona, Nevada and Texas.
Newsom added that these extraordinary weather events continue to put pressure on the energy supply.
Another “Flex Alert” was issued on Wednesday urging residents to conserve energy from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. PT to avoid potential rotating power outages.
Over 47,000 megawatts of electricity are expected to be utilized on Wednesday due to the high temperatures. About 38,000 megawatts are used on a typical summer day, according to Newsom.
“We really need everybody to do everything in their power to reduce consumption,” said Newsom.