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Trump administration rejects California's plea for disaster assistance


The Trump administration has rejected California’s plea for disaster assistance after one of the six fries burning across the state has become the largest in its history.

Yesterday, the administration denied a request from Governor Gavin Newsom for a major presidential disaster declaration.

The letter from Newsom sent on September 28 highlighted the financial costs of dealing with the fact that five of the six largest fires in California’s recorded history have broken out since August this year.

These include the Creek Fire, the largest single fire which is still raging in Fresno and Madera counties, and the August Complex, the largest in total but made up of several smaller fires combined.

The Trump administration has rejected California Governor Gavin Newsom's (pictured) plea for disaster assistance after one of the six fries burning across the state has become the largest in its history

The Trump administration has rejected California Governor Gavin Newsom’s (pictured) plea for disaster assistance after one of the six fries burning across the state has become the largest in its history

The letter sent to Donald Trump's (pictured) administration on September 28 highlighted the financial costs of dealing with the fact that five of the six largest fires in California's recorded history have broken out since August this year

The letter sent to Donald Trump’s (pictured) administration on September 28 highlighted the financial costs of dealing with the fact that five of the six largest fires in California’s recorded history have broken out since August this year

Governor’s Office of Emergency Services spokesperson Brian Ferguson said: ‘The request for a Major Presidential Disaster Declaration for early September fires has been denied by the federal administration.’

A major disaster declaration allows the state and federal government to cost-share for damage, cleanup and rebuilding. 

It also activates Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster programs. The reason for the denial has not been given, Ferguson said.

California did not ask for a specific dollar amount because damage estimates are not complete.

But Newsom did estimate that the infrastructure damage from the fires would top $229,000. 

The six fires in the relief request are the Creek Fire in Fresno and Madera counties, the August Complex in Northern California, the Bobcat fire in Los Angeles County (pictured, the El Dorado fire in San Bernardino County, the Valley fire in San Diego County, the Oak fire in Mendocino County and the Slater fire in Siskiyou County

The six fires in the relief request are the Creek Fire in Fresno and Madera counties, the August Complex in Northern California, the Bobcat fire in Los Angeles County (pictured, the El Dorado fire in San Bernardino County, the Valley fire in San Diego County, the Oak fire in Mendocino County and the Slater fire in Siskiyou County

Ferguson told the Los Angeles Times: ‘The true cost won’t be known for months or years afterward.

‘What the state is looking for is the highest level of federal support, which requires the highest bars be cleared. 

‘But we feel our case for those requirements has been met.’

In the letter, Newsom wrote: ‘Many of the counties impacted by these wildfires are still recovering from previous devastating wildfires, storms and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Californians are exhausted.’

The Creek Fire started on September 4 and has spread over more than 337,655 acres, making it the largest single wildfire in California's recorded history

The Creek Fire started on September 4 and has spread over more than 337,655 acres, making it the largest single wildfire in California’s recorded history 

Apart the Creek Fire, the other five fires in the relief request are the August Complex in Northern California, the Bobcat fire in Los Angels County, the El Dorado fire in San Bernardino County, the Valley fire in San Diego County, the Oak fire in Mendocino County and the Slater fire in Siskiyou County.

The Creek Fire started on September 4 and has spread over more than 337,655 acres, making it the largest single wildfire in California’s recorded history.

It is currently 55 per cent contained and is spread over Fresno County in the south and Madera County in the north.

The August Complex began August 16 and has burned just over one million acres through seven Northern California counties and was 77 per cent contained as of yesterday.

As of September, 28,959 residences across California were destroyed by fires and 90 more were damaged, totalling an estimated $264,289,200, according to Ferguson.

Newsom also noted that California is projecting a pandemic-induced $54.3-billion deficit this fiscal year.

The denial of the declaration will likely lead to a federal appeal by the state of California.

Ferguson said he is hopeful that FEMA will reverse course and approve the decision.

The federal government agreed to pay California more than $170 million to repair the Oroville Dam spillway in February, kicking in $562.5million in total for the project. 

California also successfully applied for a declaration for two fires caused by lightning in August, including the August Complex.

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