SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. — Governor Jerry Brown announced Saturday that President Trump and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) granted California's request for a Presidential Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance to provide extra support for communities impacted by the Carr Fire.
This federal assistance includes air assets to mitigate the fire's impacts, along with shelter supplies and water for those who have evacuated. The aid package also includes additional ambulatory transport and evacuation assistance for individuals with access and functional needs or large animals.
“Supplemental federal assistance is necessary to save lives and to protect property, public health and safety, and to lessen the effects of this imminent catastrophe,” Governor Brown said in his letter requesting aid Friday.
Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency in Shasta County on Thursday and deployed California National Guard assets to bolster the state's response to the fires and support local evacuations.
The Governor's Office of Emergency Services has also activated the State Operations Center in Mather, California to its highest level and is coordinating with other local, state and federal emergency response officials to address emergency management needs.
As of Cal Fire's latest incident report published at 7:53 p.m., the Carr Fire has burned 83,800 acres and is only five percent contained. It has destroyed 536 structures, damaged 117 and is threatening another 4,978.
According to the governor's office, the fire has forced approximately 38,000 residents to evacuate their homes.