President Donald Trump approved a declaration of a state of emergency in California on Friday, ordering federal assistance in response to multiple wildfires that broken out since December 4 and continue to cause massive damage in the state.

This declaration allows the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) “to coordinate all disaster relief efforts,” according to a White House statement on the declaration.

The statement continued:

This action will help alleviate the hardship and suffering that the emergency may inflict on the local population, and provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

Source: President Trump Declares State of Emergency in Fire-Ravaged California



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