Senator Borgeas Urges President Trump to Reconsider Creek Fire FEMA Relief

FRESNO – Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) asking reconsideration for California’s request for federal support that was denied yesterday. The Creek Fire has burned more than 340,000 acres in areas within the 8th Senate District, with approximately 55% containment.

“I appreciate the Administration’s close cooperation with local and State authorities in order to combat the Creek Fire,” said Senator Borgeas. “I have personally witnessed damaged areas and listened to heartbreaking stories from people who lost their homes and businesses to the Creek Fire. Federal support would greatly help Fresno and Madera Counties with the monumental cleanup and repopulation efforts ahead.”

An excerpt from Senator Borgeas’ letter to the President states, “…significant damage to roads, and access to facilities are blocked by thousands of hazardous trees and debris. There was also significant damage to the wastewater treatment facility that could take months to repair, further delaying residents’ ability to return to their homes….”

Senator Borgeas recently surveyed the damage of the Creek Fire with CAL Fire officials. Residents whose families have lived in the area for generations, including the owner of the historic Cressman’s Store, shared heartbreaking stories about losing their family home and business.

In addition to the Creek Fire (Fresno and Madera), additional fires have burned in the 8th Senate District including: Blue Jay Fire (Mariposa); Bullfrog Fire (Fresno); Wolf Fire (Mariposa); Slink Fire (Mono); and Moraine Fire (Tulare).

Read Senator Borgeas’ appeal to the President and FEMA here.