Trump administration rejects California request for wildfire disaster assistance

Gavin Newsom refuses to thin out the forests, refuses to use proper forest management and blames everything on the canard of climate change.  Now he wants the Federal taxpayer to bail him out ue to his incompetence and belief he is not the Governor, but the Supreme Leader.

“”The request for a Major Presidential Disaster Declaration for early September fires has been denied by the federal administration,” Brian Ferguson, a spokesperson for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, told CNN.

White House spokesman Judd Deere told The Hill that California’s submission was “was not supported by the relevant data” states must provide to be considered for a disaster declaration, adding that the president’s decision concurred with that of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator. 

Lizzie Litzow, a spokesperson for FEMA, told The Hill that damage assessments of the early September wildfires “were not of such severity and magnitude to exceed the combined capabilities of the state, affected local governments, voluntary agencies and other responding federal agencies.” 

I believe this is the first time the Trump Administration denied Newsom a bail out of his mismanagement of California.  Glad to see the Administration holding to established criteria to make these determinations. 

(Late Friday the Trump Administration agreed to declare the emergency and give some aid to California. Newsom is now on notice that Trump wants a legitimate Governor, not a Supreme Leader killing the State and expecting the Feds to bail him out)

Trump administration rejects California request for wildfire disaster assistance

By Morgan Gstalter, The Hill,  10/16/20

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) office said the Trump administration rejected the state’s request for a disaster declaration following six wildfires that tore through the state earlier this year, including the largest single blaze in the state’s history.

“The request for a Major Presidential Disaster Declaration for early September fires has been denied by the federal administration,” Brian Ferguson, a spokesperson for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, told CNN.

White House spokesman Judd Deere told The Hill that California’s submission was “was not supported by the relevant data” states must provide to be considered for a disaster declaration, adding that the president’s decision concurred with that of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator. 

Lizzie Litzow, a spokesperson for FEMA, told The Hill that damage assessments of the early September wildfires “were not of such severity and magnitude to exceed the combined capabilities of the state, affected local governments, voluntary agencies and other responding federal agencies.” 

However, Litzow said FEMA approved four fire management assistance grants to five counties affected by the wildfires included in Newson’s disaster request. 

The grants will allow reimbursement for 75 percent of firefighting, evacuation and sheltering costs.

State officials are planning to appeal the decision, which they have 30 days to do. 

Newsom penned a letter to President Trump on Sept. 28 requesting the disaster declaration following a string of wildfires. 

The governor noted that the state’s economy had been “significantly damaged” by the COVID-19 pandemic, the major wildfires and poor air quality. He wrote that infrastructure damage estimates exceeded $229 million.

“Federal assistance is critical to support physical and economic recovery of California and its communities,” Newsom wrote. “The longer it takes for California and its communities to recover, the more severe, devastating and irreversible the economic impacts will be.”

The governor wrote that the pandemic-related restrictions and social distancing had interfered with typical evacuation procedures, requiring the state to use hotel rooms instead of congregate shelters.

“Californians are exhausted,” Newsom wrote.

The Creek Fire, the largest wildfire in the state’s history, has scorched 341,722 acres across Fresno, and the Bobcat Fire burned another 115,796 acres.

The El Dorado Fire, which was started by a pyrotechnic device used to generate colored smoke for a gender reveal party, has burned more than 22,000 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest.

The three other wildfires in the request were the Valley Fire in San Diego County, the Oak Fire in Mendocino County.

More than 4 million acres of California has burned in wildfires this year, a record more than double the state’s previous record for the most area burned in a single season, a Cal Fire spokesman said earlier this month. 

As of Thursday, there were 21 active wildfires across the state. The statewide fatalities is 31 since the beginning of the year, and more than 9,200 structures have been destroyed.

The denied request highlights Trump’s contentious relationship with Newsom and other Democratic leaders in the state. 

Trump approved a major disaster declaration for California in August, but the president has also claimed the fires are due to years of poor forest management in the state. 

Last month, the president dismissed evidence pointed to by Newsom of climate change’s role in the state’s continuing wildfires. 

“Honestly, he’s been very nice with the words which is good,” Trump said of Newsom. “But I said you’ve got to manage this. It’s a management thing. He said, ‘No, it’s global warming.’ I said, ‘When the leaves build up and you have a floor of leaves and the trees fall down and you don’t remove them because the environmentalists don’t want you to touch the tree, within 18 months that tree becomes like a matchstick.’ “

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) slammed Trump in September for his response to the wildfires, saying Trump needs to focus on helping Americans in need, regardless of party, instead of basing decisions “on an electoral map.”

“We need leadership that is equal across this country,” Garcetti said. 

“We need actual help, not based on our party affiliation or how we voted,” he added. 

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Comments

  1. William Hicks says

    Once, the great college, Humboldt State, taught working methods of forestry that included harvesting and replanting forests. NOW, and for decades, they have Eco-Freak professors teaching a hands off method of forestry. Until that changes, expect their politically motivated faux-science to be the expected methods in practice.

    This is what happens when “experts” are dead wrong.

  2. The Captive says

    I heard that the President changed his mind and will give CA $$$ . Now that these greedy politicians in CA get their hands on the money —–do not expect much because as they have always done –WELL
    Hell they won’t be accountable. We will never know where the money REALLY GOES WILL WE?
    I have to see it to believe it–CA is run by incredibly greedy and selfish and criminal acting on every level people. All on the DISGUSTING LEFTIST SIDE that definitely do not account for their criminal moves as they sift through enormous amounts of money that if meant to but will not benefit the TAXPAYERS.
    Gruesome-newsome will see to that~! Does that scare you? Halloween is around the corner!!

  3. Rottweiler says

    Progressive leftists should not be allowed to move to another state but rather enjoy the one their vote ruined. They should have to live with all of the crappy things they vote for like, SEIU union graft, gas tax and trying to get rid of prop. 13. Stay here and live a crappy life that you are entirely responsible as a Democratic voter.

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