California Wildfires (DR-1498)

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

December 1, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- One month after the presidential declaration of the Southern California Wildfires as a disaster area, local residents and business owners continue rebuilding their lives and commerce. More than 17,600 people have registered for aid since fire swept through Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties in October. President George W. Bush made assistance available through the October 27 and October 30 major disaster declarations at the request of former California Governor Gray Davis.
November 29, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- In Southern California, decades of post-fire broadcast seeding over hundreds of thousands of acres have provided land managers and researchers with many examples to observe and study, and they have learned a surprising lesson: post-fire seeding on steep mountain slopes in Southern California doesn’t work very well.
November 26, 2003
News Release
Rebuild Safer, Stronger, Smarter PASADENA, Calif. -- Mitigation specialists from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will show customers at Home Depot stores in San Diego County ways to rebuild safer, stronger and smarter. People affected by recent Southern California wildfires who go to Home Depot to get materials for rebuilding can learn about mitigation techniques they can use to help reduce future damage from disastrous wildfires.
November 26, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) are partnering with more than twenty local, state and federal agencies to find solutions to ongoing issues related to the California Wildfires and the recovery effort. FEMA and OES facilitate the Multi-Agency Support Group (MASG) to identify inter-agency and multi-jurisdictional issues and to resolve them quickly and efficiently.
November 25, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Residents of Southern California whose work was interrupted by the recent wildfires and who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits have until December 1, 2003, to apply for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), state and federal disaster-assistance officials (FEMA) announced today.
November 24, 2003
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- More than $58 million in federal and state disaster assistance has been disbursed to five fire-stricken Southern California counties since the federal disaster declaration in October, disaster recovery officials reported today.

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Incident period: October 21, 2003 to March 31, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on October 27, 2003
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