The Donald Trump administration has declined California’s plea for wildfire relief funds that are aimed at cleaning the damage from the 6 recent fires that took place in California, including the El Dorado fire at San Bernardino County, Bobcat fire at Los Angeles County as well as the Creek wildfire, which continues in Madera and Fresno counties still.
As per Brian Ferguson, deputy director, crisis communication & media relations, Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the decision of the Trump administration came when it rejected a request for one key presidential disaster declaration made by Governor Gavin Newsom.
Ferguson couldn’t really offer a reason for the fed government’s denial.
President Trump, meanwhile, has threatened of withholding the fed dollars in relief earlier, including in last year.
A key disaster declaration lets cost-sharing for cleanup, damage as well as rebuilding between fed and state government. It activates the Federal Emergency Management Agency led federal programs as well.
California didn’t ask for any particular dollar amount as damage estimates aren’t complete, said Ferguson.
The real cost will not be known for years or months afterwards, he continues.
As per Ferguson, such an aid could reach into millions of US dollars easily.
Apart from the wildfires, California is asking for relief aid for the Siskiyou County’s Slater fire and Mendocino County’s Oak fire.