White House Approves California Disaster Relief

Prior request was not approved as incomplete.

A previously rejected California application for disaster relief funds to clean up damage from six recent wildfires was approved by President Trump’s administration on Friday.

Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement Friday that he had been on the phone with President Trump who had approved the major disaster declaration.

The White House earlier said the Federal Emergency Management Agency rejected the request because it was not supported by the data needed for approval. The 30-page request described the disasters and pointed out that damage assessments were incomplete because the fires were still raging and access was difficult.

It has been a disastrous wildfire season in California with more than 8,500 blazes burning more than 6,400 square miles since the beginning of the year. Thirty-one people have died and some 9,200 buildings have been destroyed.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the government and people of California as they work on their recovery from the wildfires.
  • For families who have lost loved ones or suffered the destruction of property.
  • For improved forest management, which Governor Newsom and President Trump earlier in the month agreed was essential to aid in fire prevention.

Sources: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, ABC News


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