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FEMA Says "No" To Erskine Fire Major Disaster Declaration

Aug 2, 2016

In late June the Erskine Fire devastated communities around Lake Isabella in Kern County. Nearly 300 homes were destroyed in the fast moving blaze in communities like South Lake. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom reached out to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help. In late July, FEMA rejected the state's request for a major disaster declaration, and the federal help that accompanies it. That left many locals shocked and dismayed. Lois Henry of the Bakersfield Californian joined us on Valley Edition to talk about what's next for the community, and why FEMA said "no" to major federal help.