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Gov. Brown requests presidential disaster declaration for NorCal fires

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Three firefighters hose down a structure on Ridge Drive to slow the spread of fire to other structures during the Carr Fire Thursday, July 26, 2018 in Redding, Calif. (Daniel Kim/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Gov. Jerry Brown Saturday requested a presidential major disaster declaration in order to beef up emergency response and help residents recover from wildfires raging in Northern California.

With Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Shasta counties under siege from wildfires, Brown met with local leaders and fire and emergency officials at the Carr Fire incident command post in Shasta County today and requested the presidential declaration.

“Battling these relentless fires requires a Herculean effort,” Brown said in the declaration. “Additional federal assistance is needed immediately to reduce the direct threat to the public health and safety.”

Presidential declarations such as the one sought by Brown make individuals living in the affected areas eligible for such services as crisis counseling, unemployment assistance, food aid and legal services.    

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