New governor to talk wildfire measures in Placer

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Newly minted Gov. Gavin Newsom travels from Sacramento to Colfax today to announce new executive actions to address wildfire safety and other emergencies.

Sworn in Monday, Newsom - whose family's roots stretch into the nearby Placer County community of Dutch Flat - will visit the Cal Fire Colfax station at 1 p.m. today. He'll be accompanied by Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter, Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci and other state officials.

"In the wake of the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season in state history, Gov. Newsom will travel to an area at high fire risk in the Sierra foothills ... to announce new actions which prioritize and accelerate the state government's response to wildfires and other emergencies," a statement from the governor's office said.

Newsom's father, William Newsom, died in December and was buried in Dutch Flat. In the 1970s, the senior Newsom served as a Placer County Superior Court judge in Auburn. He had been a Dutch Flat resident, splitting time between his home there and a residence in San Francisco, until his death.