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President Donald Trump approves federal funding to California for wildfires burning across state

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Posted at 5:09 PM, Aug 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-22 20:09:22-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — President Donald Trump approved federal disaster assistance to California to assist with state, tribal and local recovery efforts in regions affected by wildfires, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"The president's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Lake, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties," a FEMA press release said.

Assistance may be used towards temporary housing and home repairs, "low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster."

Federal funding can also be made on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures and will be made available for emergency protective measures.

FEMA has appointed Willie G. Nunn as the Federal Coordinating Officer, who will oversee operations in the affected areas.

According to FEMA, businesses owners and residents who experienced any damage or loss due to the fires can apply for assistance beginning Sunday by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov [u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net] or by calling 1-800-621- 3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.