Brown Asks Trump for Wildfire Aid as State Battles 17 Blazes, Community Seeks Answers

SHASTA COUNTY -- The Carr Fire is still buring around Redding, Now for the 13th day.

In Shasta County Saturday, California Governor Jerry Brown met with local leaders and emergency responders at the fire’s Incident Command Post.

Meanwhile, some Redding neighborhoods were re-opened to residents, who are looking to survey the damage.

At the Lake Keswick Estates in the northwest part of Redding where, unfortunately, so many people are coming home to a complete loss of their homes. And now many of them have questions for their governor.

“Here’s my front door, I had a nice little patio,” said Fawn Elhadidi while describing what used to be her home.

Elhadidi has just been allowed back home.

As she expects to find little left, she wishes she was given more warning.

“No, I didn’t get a call. And I know my neighbors in River Ridge got no notice,” expressed Elhadidi. “And I told myself it was time to go.”

The lack of an emergency alert system was an issue Gov. Brown addressed as he answered questions from reporters at the Carr Fire’s Incident Command Post at the Shasta County Fair grounds.

“I think we want to construct the best systems of alert that we can, and where it breaks down we’ll learn, we’ll do better,” said Brown.

The governor spent the day surveying the destruction, and meeting with first responders and local leaders.

He says he’s hopeful President Trump will make a major emergency declaration for federal aid.

“Well, we’ll see. We have the request in. The president has been pretty good on helping us in disasters,” said Brown.

State Senator, Ted Gaines said “I appreciate the governor making those comments.”

Republican Ted Gaines, whose first district includes Redding, echoes Gov. Brown’s optimism that the White House will help Carr Fire victims even though the governor and the president have had their political differences.

“The Trump administration has been here when there have been catastrophes even in the state of California,” said Gaines.

Meanwhile Elhadidi says she’d like answers from her government on ‘how this happened’ and ‘how do we stop it from happening again.’

“Why did it go from 6,000 acres, to that much?” asked Elhadidi. “I don’t know if this is forest, but revegetation management, what do we do in the future.”

She of all people knows how big a problem California’s wildfires truly are.

“My son and his wife lost their home in the Santa Rosa fire,” Elhadidi said. “What is that, from the phoenix we’ll rise from the ashes. We’re going to rise from the ashes.”

Among the destruction, neighbors say they are looking for signs of hope in their neighborhood. One of which they found as carrots, they say sprouted, after the fire has burned through. And they’re seeing this as an omen to perhaps one day rebuild.

Gaines and Gov. Brown both said today overgrown forests are a contributing problem to the state’s deadly wildfires.

While nothing official has been proposed, Gaines suggested allowing the logging industry more access to help thin out the problem.


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