MONROVIA, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown says dead trees around the state pose a fire hazard and has declared a state of emergency.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1l5Scvp ) that Brown called for the swift removal of dried-out trees and has requested federal resources to help with the process before the fall and winter wildfire season.

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He says the trees also pose dangers in strong storms, either from falling or as floating debris.

A dead-tree census by the U.S. Forest Service found that 22 million trees have died during California’s four-year drought, and tens of millions more are expected to follow.

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Brown has asked state agencies to identify the areas where dead trees pose the highest risks.

Arborist John Lynch says some trees are so stressed that even rain won’t help.

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