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Trump freed up federal resources to help California in flames

Staff Writer | December 9, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump freed up federal resources to assist efforts to combat massive wildfires outside Los Angeles and further south that are fueled by powerful seasonal winds for a fifth day.
Califonia in flames
Weather   The disaster declaration
The disaster declaration allows federal agencies like FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security to help relief efforts. California Governor Jerry Brown had previously declared states of emergency in four counties.

Thousands of firefighters in southern California are combatting a half-dozen wildfires from north of Santa Barbara to San Diego that have already forced thousands of residents to evacuate and destroyed hundreds of structures.

The blazes are being accelerated by powerful annual winds known as Santa Anas and low humidity. The strong winds are expected to persist throughout parts of southern California through Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.