Fires raged on in much of Southern California on Friday, as fast-moving flames scorched more than 158,000 acres across four counties, blackening the air and forcing closures of schools and roadways.
California Governor Jerry Brown sought federal help from President Trump in dealing with recent California wildfires.
According to Reuters, President Donald Trump announced the declaration Friday after the fires had already destroyed hundreds of structures and burned roughly 160,000 acres.
Tom Bossert, Trump’s homeland security adviser, confirmed the declaration in a tweet Friday morning.
— Thomas P. Bossert (@TomBossert45) December 8, 2017
As CNN reported gov. Jerry Brown declared a statewide emergency in response to the fires.
His action gave the state access to additional resources deemed necessary to combat the natural disaster. In the declaration, Brown also requested federal assistance.
President Trump on Friday declared an emergency in California and ordered additional federal aid. His declaration, which Gov. Jerry Brown had requested, allows federal agencies to coordinate the relief efforts.
President Donald J. Trump Approves California Emergency Declaration
Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of California and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from wildfires beginning on December 4, 2017, and continuing.
The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts. This action will help alleviate the hardship and suffering that the emergency may inflict on the local population, and provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.
Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide, at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.
Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Mark Armstrong as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MEDIA SHOULD CONTACT THE FEMA NEWS DESK AT (202) 646-3272 OR FEMA-NEWS-DESK@FEMA.DHS.GOV.
Presiden Trump decided to help California and jery Brown his conscience is clear but Jerry Brown should think again before insulting our President!
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