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SACRAMENTO (AP) —

Gov. Jerry Brown has released emergency recovery funding for major wildfires in central and northern California.

The governor issued an executive order on Thursday to help residents and business owners in Trinity and Lake counties with recovery funding.

The move speeds up the removal of hazardous debris from the area, and it waives fees to replace lost essential documents like driver’s licenses and birth certificates.

Brown had already declared a state of emergency to release special firefighting funding shortly after the blazes broke out late last month.

The largest of the blazes, the so-called Rough Fire, has consumed nearly 90 square miles and is 25 percent contained. A previous nearby blaze destroyed 47 homes.