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President Obama declares major disaster in California fire

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Brown Asks Obama To Issue Disaster Declaration.

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in a Northern California wildfire that has destroyed at least 1,200 homes and killed at least three people. The declaration issued Tuesday for the fire that broke out in Lake County 90 miles north of San Francisco releases federal money for recovery and cleanup. A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration triggers the release of federal funds to support fire victims and supplement ongoing state and local disaster recovery efforts, noted a press release posted on Brown’s website on Monday. The Butte Fire has burned 70,760 acres and is considered the 12th most destructive fire in California’s history based on the over 500 homes and 300 outbuildings destroyed. Obama approved the Valley Fire request, making it the first presidential disaster declaration for California since the south Napa earthquake a year ago.

In Brown’s letters to Obama Monday, he noted that four years of drought and multiple disasters in the past year had depleted the state’s resources. 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.

In addition, more than 100 law enforcement agencies and more than a dozen emergency managers from neighbouring counties have been deployed to assist with the response.

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