California has maxed out its firefighting resources and is asking the federal government to send in relief.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says over the next few
days, about 950 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service will arrive to fight the fires. Officials say if that is not enough, FEMA is preparing another tier of help made up of municipal firefighters from urban areas such as Denver, who are trained in wildfire fighting.
FEMA also has deployed emergency communications equipment and has activated round-the-clock call centers for evacuees to register for disaster relief of up to $28,800. FEMA suggests the head of each household contact his or her insurance company before calling the federal government.
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