Gov. Brown asks Trump for federal aid to help Carr Fire victims

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California Gov. Jerry Brown is asking President Donald Trump for federal aid to help Carr Fire victims.

The wildfire has charred nearly 45,000 acres and is only 3 percent contained on Friday night.

“Supplemental federal assistance is necessary to save lives and to protect property, public health and safety, and to lessen the effects of this imminent catastrophe,” Brown said in the letter. “I am requesting Direct Federal Assistance, including Department of Defense air assets to immediately mitigate the impacts of this fire; shelter supplies and water for 30,000 evacuated residents in Shasta County; U.S. Department of Agriculture’s assistance in evacuating large animals; mass care; evacuation assistance for individuals with access and functional needs; and ambulatory transport.”

Two firefighters have died in the fire.

“Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the two firefighters we lost fighting the Carr Fire and with the many Californians who have lost their homes,” Brown said. “We are with you.”

More than 30,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes.

On Thursday, Gov. Brown issued a state of emergency due to the fires.

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