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Calif. gov. requests major disaster declaration after ‘devastating’ wildfires

Gov. Jerry Brown is awaiting response from President Trump for the declaration that would help recovery efforts


By FireRescue1 Staff

LOS ANGELES — The Governor of California requested a major disaster declaration from the federal government in the wake of the “devastating” wildfires.

Daily Bulletin reported that Gov. Jerry Brown is currently awaiting response from President Trump about a major disaster declaration that would help the state recover from the wildfires that swept across Southern California.

Gov. Jerry Brown is currently awaiting response from President Trump about a major disaster declaration. (Photo/AP)
Gov. Jerry Brown is currently awaiting response from President Trump about a major disaster declaration. (Photo/AP)

“I respectfully request you declare a major disaster in the state of California as a result of the devastating wildfires burning in Southern California for weeks,” Brown wrote.

A state emergency declaration was issued Dec. 5, and Trump issued a federal emergency declaration on Dec. 8, which allowed FEMA and other agencies to respond to the wildfires.

“This year’s wildfire season in California has been nothing short of catastrophic,” a joint letter by California senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein said. “Over 1.2 million acres have burned in the state this year. In October, wildfires destroyed thousands of homes and killed 44 people in Northern California. Since the beginning of December, six large wildfires have burned nearly 300,000 acres in Southern California.”

“These fires collectively caused extensive damage to primary residences and infrastructure and continue to pose a direct threat to public health and safety,” Brown wrote. “I have determined this incident is of such severity and magnitude that an effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments and supplemental federal assistance is necessary.”

According to the governor, federal funds would help remove large debris that would otherwise be a threat to public health and safety.

“Federal funds would also go toward helping those whom state officials expect will be left homeless or displaced for an extended period of time,” Brown said.

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