The governor's office declined to comment on the investigation, and state fire officials took responsibility for Newsom sharing inaccurate information. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection had not “done our job in educating the public, nor the governor's office” on how to communicate about the efforts, Chief Tom Porter said.
National estimates for 2017 to 2019 show that 77% of all fire deaths and 75% of all fire injuries occurred in residential buildings.
Severe drought has turned forests and grasslands into dry fuels.
Montgomery County crews found flames erupting from an apartment when they responded to a two-alarm fire at an apartment complex.
Fires so far have burned nearly five times as much acreage as they did last year at this time.
The new standard, which was originally proposed in response to serious fires that have occurred at cannabis facilities in recent years, will provide clear guidance on fire protection standards for facilities that produce, process and extract cannabis.