Residents in Butte Fire Burn Area Hope to Receive Federal Aid Too

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The Valley and Butte firesĀ are in two different areas, but both are causing serious destruction.

So much so that Governor Jerry Brown sent two requests Monday for federal aid to help with recovery efforts in those areas.

Just one day after the requests were sent, President Barack Obama signed a California Disaster Declaration for the Valley Fire, ordering aid to help with temporary housing, home repairs, loans to cover uninsured property loss and other programs.

The Butte Fire, however, has gotten no such relief.

"It's just not right. Why are they waiting so long?" said Calaveras County resident Laura Fultz.

She has seen the devastation first hand and said she does not understand why one fire is getting more attention than the other.

Sherri Reusche with the Glory Bound Fellowship evacuation center agrees.

"Our families are just as important as those living in the Valley [Fire] or any other fire."

The Governor's Office of Emergency Services said they're waiting on FEMA to decide whether or not Calaveras and Amador Counties will get the same federal aid and the request hasn't made it to the president's desk.

"It's terrible, we need help," Fultz said.

The Butte Fire scorched more than 70,000 acres and destroyed 475 homes. Those who live in the devastation every day don't yet know how they'll rebuild, but said they are hoping they are not forgotten.