Tuolumne County will receive federal assistance for Rim Fire recovery efforts from the U.S. Homeland Security Department’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.
On Friday, President Barack Obama declared a major disaster for the area burned by the Rim Fire from Aug. 17 to Oct. 24. It will allow the federal government to supplement state and local costs associated with recovery projects.
Gov. Jerry Brown last month appealed FEMA’s original decision denying federal assistance for the state related to the fire that burned more than 257,000 acres, mostly within the Stanislaus National Forest.
The declaration makes federal funding available for state and local governments as well as certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work to repair or replace facilities damaged by the fire.
Stephen M. DeBlasio Sr. has been named the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the area. DeBlasio said additional declarations may be made at a later date if further damage assessments determine they are needed, or if requested by the state.