COLFAX, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to unveil new plans for dealing with wildfires and other emergencies.
Newsom will announce his actions Tuesday at a state emergency operations center in a Sierra Nevada foothills community at high risk for fire.
It's one of Newsom's first actions after becoming governor Monday.
California suffered a deadly and devastating 2018 wildfire season. A November wildfire destroyed the town of Paradise, Calif., and killed 86 people.
Newsom's office says he'll take executive actions that "prioritize and accelerate" the state's response to fires.
The new governor will also have to confront the thorny issue of how much responsibility utilities should hold when their equipment starts wildfires. Utilities want lawmakers to change the state's liability standards, some of the strictest in the nation.