Fresno County announces local emergency to address heat-related livestock deaths

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FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Fresno County announced a local emergency Thursday to address livestock deaths resulting from the recent heatwave.

Officials say the recent heatwave has contributed to an increased rate of livestock fatalities.

The increase of carcasses in need disposal has exceeded the capacity of the Baker Commodities, Inc. rendering facilities, which processes livestock carcasses for a majority of the Central Valley.

The proclamation of a local emergency allows the county to take necessary emergency disposal measures to protect public health and safety from potential hazards.

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