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Gov. Jerry Brown requests national disaster declaration from Obama for state fires

Gov. Jerry Brown requests national disaster declaration from Obama for state fires

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday asked President Obama for a national disaster declaration that will open the door for federal aid to victims of the Valley and Butte fires.

In his request, Brown called the wildland fires "megafires" that he said "expand quickly and unpredictably, thriving on dead trees, dry vegetation, and wind conditions."

"Four years of extreme drought conditions have parched our landscapes and created millions of dead trees that have increased California's vulnerability to these types of fires," Brown wrote.

In the request, he notes the Valley fire has destroyed 1,238 homes.

"Thousands have been made homeless by...

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