Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) on Sunday declared a state of emergency in Virginia, directing state agencies to take all necessary actions to aid in the response to multiple wildfires that have broken out in numerous areas across the state.
A declaration of emergency allows the governor to immediately deploy state personnel, equipment, and other emergency response resources, and to coordinate state and local response to the event.
In addition, Kaine has authorized the activation of Virginia National Guard personnel and equipment to assist with fighting wildfires.
Virginia Department of Forestry personnel have been working throughout the day. Also, personnel from the Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia State Police have been dealing with roads closed due to debris and smoke. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management continues to coordinate requests for assistance from local governments.