August 24, 2020
The White House approved California’s request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the state’s emergency response to wildfires burning in Northern California. The assistance will also support impacted residents in Lake, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said, “California is battling two of the largest fires in our history and has seen nearly 600 new fires in the last week caused by dry lightning strikes. These are unprecedented times and conditions, but California is strong – we will get through this.”
The declaration helps people in the impacted counties through eligibility for support including crisis counseling, housing and unemployment assistance and legal services. It also provides federal assistance to help state, tribal and local governments fund emergency response, recovery and protective measures.
Governor Newsom declared a statewide emergency due to the widespread fires and extreme weather conditions and activated the State Operations Center to its highest level. California has secured Fire Management Assistance Grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support the state’s response to various fires burning.
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