Federal disaster declaration for Rim Fire secured after appeal

Dec 13, 2013 6:50 PM

After California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appealed a decision from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declining California a Presidential Major Disaster area designation, state officials were notified this evening President Obama has approved federal disaster assistance for Tuolumne County.

"This is welcome news for those impacted by this devastating wildfire, and I'm thankful for FEMA's careful reconsideration of the Governor's request," said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. "Even though the fire is out, the impacts to the local economy, environment and region haven't gone away. We look forward to FEMA's assistance in the important recovery work that has been underway since October.”

Gov. Brown requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration on October 8 after declaring states of emergencies in Tuolumne, Mariposa, and San Francisco counties. After FEMA denied the initial request, Brown appealed the decision with new damage estimates to President Obama. The current estimates caused by the enormous fire which burned from August 17 to October 24 now exceed $54 million, according to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

President Obama’s declaration also allows for additional designations to be made at a later date if requested by the state.

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