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California secures additional federal aid for wildfire areas

Fire consumes a barn as an out of control wildfire moves through the area on Oct. 9, 2017, in Glen Ellen, California. Tens of thousands of acres and dozens of homes and businesses have burned in widespread wildfires?in Napa and Sonoma counties.?

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - On Saturday, Governor Jerry Brown announced that the White House has approved California's request for direct aid to individuals and families in Butte, Lake, Mendocino and Yuba counties who have suffered losses due to the fires.

Survivors who primarily reside in these six counties can apply online for federal Individual Disaster Assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

More information on the federal Individual Disaster Assistance program is available here. In addition to the individual assistance for families, California has also secured public assistance for the counties of Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Solano, Sonoma and Yuba to help those jurisdictions remove debris and take other emergency protective measures.

More information on California's emergency response to the fires is available at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services website.

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