On Tuesday, President Biden approved a major disaster declaration for areas affected by the Dixie Fire and River Fire in Lassen, Nevada, Placer, and Plumas Counties.  The federal funding — also available to state, tribal and eligible local governments, as well as to some nonprofit organizations — provides funding for grants to help individuals and business owners recover from the fires as well as for temporary housing, repairs, and other relief.  Following the declaration from the White House, California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla released a statement thanking President Biden for the declaration.  Earlier in the week, Senators Feinstein and Padilla, and Representative Doug La Malfa (R-Richvale) had sent a letter to President Biden, urging him to support Governor Gavin Newsom’s request for a major disaster declaration for California.