In the midst of a record-breaking 4.1 million-acre fire season, the Trump administration denied federal aid toward six of the larger fires that have burned through California and then later granted the help after Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke with President Donald Trump.
“Just got off phone with @realDonaldTrump who has approved our Major Disaster Declaration request,” Newsom tweeted, Friday. “Grateful for his quick response.”
The request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration was made by Newsom on September 28, shortly after the president visited California and verbal agreements were made that federal help was needed to clear brush and Trump saying, “I’m all for it. That’s something I feel strongly about.”
The declaration would aid recovery efforts in Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, San Bernardino, San Diego and Siskiyou.
At the time that Newsom sent the request to the White House, the fire damage had destroyed 3,368 structures, including nearly 1,000 homes.
In response to the White House’s initial denial, Newsom tweeted Friday, “We are appealing this,” before speaking to the president.
A previous Presidential Major Disaster Declaration was granted in August, as well as Fire Management Assistant Grants, to assist in the fires that burned through northern California at the time.