•   
  •   
  •   

US In abrupt reversal, Trump will now grant federal wildfire aid to California, governor says

02:52  17 october  2020
02:52  17 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

911 dispatcher calms worried callers while his own house burns in Oregon wildfire

  911 dispatcher calms worried callers while his own house burns in Oregon wildfire Dennis didn't know his wife's whereabouts, but he helped advise his neighbors how to get out of the wildfires alive.He knew before his boss delivered the news by phone, and before a colleague's husband snapped nothing-but-rubble photographs.

Trump admin rejects emergency aid for California fires , including biggest blaze in state history. Firefighters trying to contain the massive wildfires in Oregon, California and Washington state are constantly on the verge of exhaustion as they try to save suburban houses, including some in their

Claim: Trump nixes aid for California fires but offers help to Putin for Siberian wildfires . California 's annual wildfires bring not only death and destruction, they are stirring controversy over the federal government's response to the financial needs of the state. A Facebook user has circulated a post

President Donald Trump abruptly changed course Friday on denying California federal aid for wildfires that have scorched the state, a decision that came hours after Governor Gavin Newsom vowed to appeal an initial denial.

"Just got off the phone with President Trump who has approved our Major Disaster Declaration request. Grateful for his quick response," Newsom said in a statement Friday.

'Smoke coming from everywhere': Cameron Peak, Calwood fires continue to rage in Colorado

  'Smoke coming from everywhere': Cameron Peak, Calwood fires continue to rage in Colorado Colorado crews scrambled to gain ground against two blazes as this year's historic wildfire season imparted more heartbreak and hardships on the West.The Cameron Peak Fire, which has torched more than 204,400 acres through the Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests near Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake in  Larimer County, was 51% contained as of Monday evening. Gusty winds and dry conditions have fueled the growth of the fire, which ignited in August, according to the the U.S. Forest Service said.

The Trump administration has rejected California ’s request for disaster relief funds to clean up the damage from six recent fires , including one of the largest California had asked the administration in a 28 September letter for a major disaster declaration, said Brian Ferguson of the governor ’s office of

California Gov. Gavin Newsom requested financial aid from federal government, estimating damages from the wildfires exceeded 9 million. "The longer it takes for California and its communities to recover, the more severe, devastating, and irreversible the economic impacts will be," Newsom wrote.

The state had planned to appeal a denial from the administration and believed it had a strong case. Earlier in the day, Newsom responded on Twitter to a New York Times report on the administration's "rare refusal" with a promise to appeal.

a close up of a fire: Firefighter Brandon Fino of Riverside works in the Cascadel Woods community east of North Fork on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The Creek Fire is working its way west. © Ron Holman Firefighter Brandon Fino of Riverside works in the Cascadel Woods community east of North Fork on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The Creek Fire is working its way west.

Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.

Friday's exchange is just the latest example of ongoing finger-pointing between California and the Trump administration over wildfires.

Newsom says the increasing intensity and frequency of the wildfires are evidence of global warming, but Trump has sought to blame forest management.

USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll: Joe Biden leading Donald Trump by 7 points in pivotal Pennsylvania

  USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll: Joe Biden leading Donald Trump by 7 points in pivotal Pennsylvania A majority of likely Pennsylvania voters also said they do not support adding justices to the Supreme Court. "You start creating more justices to get the opinions you want," he said. "It's almost like 'well I gotta win and I'm just gonna create new facts.' " But Laws said that she supports adding justices to the Supreme Court, adding that it shouldn't be called court packing. "I believe it should be called court evening," Laws said. She said that she believes that the "minority shouldn't be ruling the majority," adding that the "the majority of the country is pro choice.

(AP) - President Donald Trump 's administration abruptly reversed course and approved California 's application for Federal major disaster declarations allow for cost-sharing for damage, cleanup The White House said Trump quickly approved wildfire relief that was supported by damage estimates.

California 's calls for federal disaster relief funds to help it recover from a series of wildfires that have devastated the state in recent months have been rejected by the White House. Trump officials denied a request made by California governor Gavin Newsom for a major presidential disaster declaration

This year's wildfires have burned more than 4 million acres — more than double the previous record.

“If that’s not proof point, testament, to climate change, then I don’t know what is,” Newsom previously said.

For at least two years, the president has criticized California's handling of the fires, particularly over what he says is inadequate management of its forests.

Federal agencies, such as the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, own and manage 19 million acres, or 57% of the forests in California, according to the University of California Cooperative Extension.

How expensive is remdesivir? Is Trump contagious? We're answering your questions about the president and COVID-19

  How expensive is remdesivir? Is Trump contagious? We're answering your questions about the president and COVID-19 Will the drugs used to treat President Donald Trump's COVID-19 be available to the rest of the nation? We're answering your coronavirus questions.The president announced on Twitter early Friday that he and the first lady had tested positive for the coronavirus and, since then, more than two dozen people in and around the White House have also tested positive.

But Trump has previously threatened to withhold aid because he believes California is doing a “terrible job” of managing forests. But most scientists say that climate change is the biggest driving factor in the state’s worsening wildfires . The federal government also manages 57 percent of California ’s forests.

But Trump 's visit to California for a briefing on the fires that have consumed more than 3 million acres in a record year and have also ravaged other Western states was perhaps his most stunning climate change intervention yet. Trump doubled down on his theory that a failure to rake forest floors was

Among the fires listed in the now-approved aid application is the Creek Fire, which erupted in the Sierra Nevada on Sept. 4 and is 60% contained after burning 850 homes and more than 537 square miles in Fresno and Madera counties.

Neither Newsom nor the White House immediately gave details on why the administration shifted positions only hours after it initially denied the state's request for a declaration that officials said could provide the state with hundreds of millions of dollars.

White House spokesman Judd Deere previously said California’s request “was not supported by the relevant data” needed for approval and that Trump agreed with a recommendation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator to reject the declaration.

Newsom had asked for the major disaster declaration on Sept. 28 to cover fires in Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, San Bernardino, San Diego and Siskiyou counties.

Contributing: Jessica Flores and Doug Stanglin; Visalia Times Delta; The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: In abrupt reversal, Trump will now grant federal wildfire aid to California, governor says

Fact check: Charges not dropped against Kenosha gunman .
The Wisconsin charges against Kyle RIttenhouse remain. Rittenhouse was never charged in Illinois.Through online appeals, his lawyers have raised millions for Rittenhouse’s legal defense and released a video that positions him as a patriot who acted in self defense.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
usr: 7
This is interesting!