California’s Lake County wildfire has — at the time this is written and named the Valley Fire — destroyed more than 1,200 homes and has killed at least three people. And at the time this is written, the fire is 79% contained and hopefully when this is read, it will be almost completely contained.
President Obama declared the area — 90-miles north of San Francisco — a major disaster area. That means federal money is now available for cleanup and recovery and grant money is available to victims for temporary housing and some home repairs.
The fire has covered 118 square miles and is now ranked as one of California’s most destructive. It started September 12th and to date has sent thousands of people scurrying for their lives. Some still have not returned to their homes.
California Governor Jerry Brown also asked the president to declare wildfires in Calaveras and Amador counties federal disasters, too. They are 125 miles east of San Francisco. At press time we have not received word as to whether the president granted that request.
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