SACRAMENTO — Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) recently sent the following letter to Gov. Jerry Brown to request that he issue an emergency proclamation designating portions of Amador and El Dorado counties as disaster areas as a result of the devastating Sand Fire.
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“Dear Govenor Brown:
“On behalf of my constituents, I request that you proclaim the counties of Amador and El Dorado to be in a State of Emergency due to the devastating Sand Fire that began on July 25, 2014.
“This declaration will aid the counties in obtaining the Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”). Without this grant assistance, the salary, equipment and billable costs of this fire will clearly exceed the capacity of these small, rural communities. The Sand Fire is a Type 1 incident and the second highest priority in the state. Approximately 3,800 acres have been burned, including 13 homes and 38 minor structures. Five hundred residences are threatened, resulting in the forced evacuation of hundreds of residents. This fire event has been devastating to the communities affected.
“The Fire Management Assistance Grant, only available after a State Emergency Declaration, will reduce the financial burden on these counties by eighty percent, preventing financial disaster. I now request your favorable and immediate consideration of this request on behalf of my constituents and the Counties of Amador and El Dorado.”
Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.