Acting Governor Newsom Requests Presidential Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance for Wildfires

11-08-18

SACRAMENTO - Acting Governor Gavin Newsom today sent a letter to the President and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requesting a Presidential Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance to support the communities impacted by wildfires burning across the state, including the Camp Fire in Butte County, the Hill and Woolsey fires in Ventura County, the Nurse Fire in Solano County and fires in several other counties, including Lassen and Mendocino.

"These statewide weather conditions are predicted to remain in California for several days," said Acting Governor Newsom in the letter. "As such, these fires will continue to grow and pose further threat to the health and safety of residents throughout California."

Earlier in the day, Acting Governor Newsom issued an emergency proclamation for Butte County due to the effects of the Camp Fire. The Governor's Office of Emergency Services has also activated the State Operations Center in Mather, California to its highest level and is coordinating with other local, state and federal emergency response officials to address emergency management needs.

Acting Governor Newsom's request for a Presidential Emergency Declaration can be found here.

More information on state and federal emergency declarations can be found here.

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