Federal Aid DENIED
for Blue Cut Fire Victims
The American Flag towers over 5 o'clock traffic after I-15 reopened. Photo by Dave Stone, Big Bear Lake
Friday August 19, 2016 ____ San Bernardino County residents who have
lost their homes to the Blue Cut Fire have been asking local relief workers if
federal assistance will be available to help them rebuild.
Unfortunately, the fire is not expected
to reach the threshold needed to qualify for a federal disaster declaration and
the federal aid that would follow.
The ongoing Blue Cut Fire burning through several San Bernardino County communities already stands as one of the most costly disasters to strike the county
in recent years. But counties, cities, and other local government agencies
cannot directly request federal aid. Only states can ask for a federal disaster
San Bernardino County declared a local emergency on Tuesday August 16, 2016, the day the fire broke
out. In response, California Governor Brown declared a ‘State of Emergency’and requested a ‘Federal declaration’, which would have cleared the way for federal
assistance to fire victims.
But the fire did not meet the threshold for a federal disaster, and
the request was not approved.
The state of California countered, by combining the Blue Cut Fire with two other recent California wildfires in a request for federal consideration. But the federal government did not approve that proposal, either.
San Bernardino County is helping fire victims to the degree that it can by operating a Local Assistance Center at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville.
The center is a one-stop location for the various services available to fire victims. Among the services assembled by the county at the center are the state Department of Insurance and various insurance companies who can provide homeowners with advice and assistance on restoring their properties.
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The Local Assistance Center also includes representatives from the county Assessor/Recorder/clerk and the departments of Children and Family Services, Aging and Adult Services, Behavioral Health, Public Health, Veteran’s Affairs, Land Use Services, Transitional Assistance and Workforce Development. Also available are the State Department of Motor Vehicles, Oak Hills Water District, Community Action Partnership and Southern California Edison.