President Obama declares major disaster in California fire

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Q&A: Things to know about wildfires in California.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A pair of deadly wildfires in California have destroyed at least 1,700 homes and killed five residents, ranking among the most destructive fires in state history. A wildfire in Lake County, about 90 miles north of San Francisco, has killed three people since it started Sept. 12, and two men remain missing as of Tuesday. Jerry Brown says he has requested that President Barack Obama declare a major disaster in the state after two wildfires killed five people, scorched more than 200 square miles and destroyed roughly 1,600 homes.

Brown said in a statement Monday that a presidential major disaster declaration would provide funds to support fire victims and to supplement state and local disaster recovery efforts. Firefighters found a body inside a charred vehicle after the fire began Saturday, but investigators are looking at the man’s death as a possible suicide.

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