After repeatedly downplaying the catastrophic wildfires that have ravaged California in recent months and falsely attributing the blazes to poor "forest management", the Trump administration this week denied Gov. Gavin Newsom's request for federal disaster assistance needed to recover from the destruction the fires inflicted across the state.
Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom formally submitted a letter to the White House on September 28 asking for a major disaster declaration, said Brian Ferguson, with the governor's Office of Emergency Services. "Grateful for his quick response", the Democratic governor tweeted.
Earlier, FEMA stated the fires that erupted in September were not serious enough to be called a major disaster.
Newsom estimates that infrastructure damage from the fires may exceed $229 million, and besides that, the majority of the land scorched in the largest of California's fires is federal land, in national forests and parks.
The Trump administration earlier this week had rejected California's request for a major disaster declaration and the state had indicated it would appeal that decision. "In fact, this week the President made additional disaster assistance available to California by authorizing an increase in the level of Federal funding to 100% for debris removal and emergency protective measures undertaken as a result of the wildfires, beginning August 14, 2020, and continuing", Deere wrote in a statement.
Well, the Trump administration is rejecting the state's request for disaster relief.
Denials of relief are rare and Newsom, a Democrat, has previously praised the Republican administration for approving aid related to the fires and the coronavirus pandemic. This reality runs contrary to Trump's favorite talking point about the fires which is that the state wouldn't have this pesky wildfire problem if it did proper "forest management".
Close to San Francisco's worldwide airport, crews had been battling a smoky grass fireplace burning on a extremely seen hill with an iconic signal welcoming individuals to "South San Francisco".
In Southern California, a brush fire Thursday near the city of Redlands triggered a small evacuation as it grew to more than 170 acres (69 hectares). Town of nearly 70,000 individuals stated on social media that authorities had been on the scene and evacuation directions would comply with if wanted.
More than 8,500 wildfires have burned more than 6,400 sq miles (16,000 sq km) in California since the start of the year, most since mid-August.
California is dealing with the damage caused by wildfires that have burned through almost 3,000 square miles, killing at least three people and destroying almost 1,000 homes.
People have been buying generators, electrical cords, flashlights, batteries, gas cans and other supplies to help them deal with the latest outage, expected to last through Friday evening, Collins said.