SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Governor Jerry Brown Sunday requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the ongoing emergency response and help residents recover from devastating fires burning in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Governor Brown will join leaders of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, CAL FIRE, California National Guard and the California Highway Patrol at the State Operations Center in Mather to provide an update on firefighting efforts.
"We have the best firefighters and first responders in the country working in some of the most difficult conditions imaginable. We’re putting everything we’ve got into the fight against these fires and this request ensures communities on the front lines get additional federal aid," Brown said. "To those who have lost friends and family members, homes and businesses, know that the entire state is with you. As Californians, we are strong and resilient, and together we will recover."
If granted, a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration would make individuals in the impacted counties eligible for a number of programs and support, including crisis counseling, housing and unemployment assistance and legal services.
The declaration would also help state, tribal and local governments with ongoing emergency response and recovery, including the repair and replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and infrastructure, including roads, bridges and utilities.