Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2020-10-16 09:05:25 –
The Trump administration has rejected California’s request for a disaster declaration for a series of six wildfires that began last month.
ABC News, CNN, and Politico say a spokesperson for the California Emergency Services Department claimed that the Trump administration had rejected the state’s request for emergency assistance.
“A request for a major presidential disaster declaration regarding a fire in early September was rejected by the federal government,” said Brian Ferguson.
It is unknown why the Trump administration rejected the request.
California’s September fires included a creek fire that burned more than 340,000 acres and became the largest wildfire in state history, and an El Dorado fire caused by a gender party in Southern California. I did.
In September, California Governor Gavin Newsom wrote that wildfire damage exceeded $ 229 million. At least one died in the El Dorado fire.
Experts say that climate change-induced droughts and heat waves, and the expansion of residential areas into fire areas, are the main causes of a very active wildfire season, but Trump said California’s ” “Forest management” was blamed. He argues that dry leaves on the forest ground need to be wiped out to prevent large-scale fires.
When visiting California for a wildfire roundtable in September, Trump denied the role of climate change in wildfires, despite a backlash from Newsom.