Gov. Newsom Secures FEMA Funds for Saddleridge Firefight, Declares States of Emergency in L.A. and Riverside

A helicopter drops water to help fight flames as the Saddleridge Fire moves through Porter Ranch on Oct. 11, 2019. (Credit: Josh Edelson / AFP/ Getty Images)

A helicopter drops water to help fight flames as the Saddleridge Fire moves through Porter Ranch on Oct. 11, 2019. (Credit: Josh Edelson / AFP/ Getty Images)

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday afternoon that the state secured federal assistance to help fight the Saddleridge Fire that has destroyed homes in the San Fernando Valley.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will help authorities better secure resources to battle the blaze, which is also burning in part of Ventura County, the governor said in a news release.

Newsom also declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles County as well as Riverside County,  where the Eagle, Sandalwood, Reche and Wolf fires were raging Friday.

“We are closely monitoring the fires burning across the state and are assisting state and local officials helping the tens of thousands of Californians affected by these fires,” Newsom said in a statement. “California thanks the White House for their timely response to our request, which will ensure the communities grappling with this fire have the vital resources and support they need.”

Earlier this year, President Trump threatened to withhold federal disaster aid for thousands looking to rebuild after the Camp Fire, the deadliest known to ever hit the state.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and County Supervisor Janice Hahn earlier Friday had said Friday they’d each signed an emergency declaration for their jurisdiction, directing local agencies to make protecting lives and property their top priority and calling on outside help.

After breaking out late Thursday night, the Saddleridge Fire has charred more than 7,500 acres and claimed the life of one resident who suffered a heart attack.

More than 23,000 homes are under evacuation orders. Click here to get the latest information and an interactive map of evacuation zones.

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