On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom officially requested a Presidential Emergency Declaration for the Caldor Fire to secure federal aid for communities impacted by the fire. The request follows two separate state emergency declarations by the Governor, the first for El Dorado County and the second which added Alpine, Amador and Placer Counties.
The request is the second Presidential Emergency Declaration request Governor Newsom has issued in recent weeks, the first coming for response to the Dixie Fire in Lassen, Nevada, Placer and Plumas Counties which was approved last week. A Presidential Emergency Declaration helps with emergency response and recovery costs for state, local and tribal governments in impacted communities. The state has already secured a Fire Management Assistant Grant (FMAG) from FEMA to help with fire suppression costs for the Caldor Fire.
Full text of the Governor’s request can be found here.