California: Disaster Declaration to Aid Wildfire Response

Governor Newsom Requests Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to Aid Wildfire Response and Recovery Efforts

SACRAMENTO, CA (STL.News) Working to bolster California’s emergency response to multiple wildfires and support impacted communities, Governor Gavin Newsom requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to assist state and local wildfire response and recovery efforts in Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties.

“We are deploying every available tool we have to keep communities safe as California battles these catastrophic wildfires driven by climate change impacts,” said Governor Newsom.  “Even while the fires continue to burn, we are working to put assistance programs in place for impacted individuals to support their recovery from these devastating fires.”

This federal request is specific to the Dixie, Antelope, McFarland, Monument and River fires.  A subsequent request may be made for the Caldor and other fires once fire conditions allow state, local and federal officials to safely assess the scope of damage.

If approved, a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration will help people in the impacted counties through eligibility for programs and support that can include housing assistance, food aid, counseling, medical services and legal services.  The request includes public assistance to help state, tribal and local governments with ongoing emergency response and recovery costs. 

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