Governor Brown, Secretary Zinke to Survey Wildfire Impacts, Meet with Emergency Officials in Butte County Tomorrow


CHICO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. will survey wildfire damage, meet with residents impacted by the Camp Fire and join state, local and federal officials – including U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, FEMA Administrator Brock Long and leaders of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, CAL FIRE, California Highway Patrol and California National Guard – at the Incident Command Post in Chico tomorrow. The Governor will hold a media availability at the conclusion of a private briefing.

Media Availability

When: Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at approx. 12:00 p.m.

Where: Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, Harvest Hall, 2357 Fair Street, Chico, CA 95928

**NOTE: This availability is open to credentialed media only. Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to by 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The availability will be streamed live on Facebook and on the Cal OES live event page.

Yesterday, Governor Brown announced that the state has secured a Presidential Major Disaster Declarationto bolster the ongoing emergency response and help residents recover from fires burning in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties. On Sunday, the Governor officially requested a major disaster declaration and joined the state’s top emergency management officials at the State Operations Center in Mather to provide an update on firefighting efforts.

A state of emergency has been declared in Los Angeles, Ventura and Butte counties due to multiple fires and late last week, California secured direct federal assistance to further support the impacted communities – within 24 hours of making the request. The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has activated the State Operations Center to its highest level and is coordinating with other local, state and federal emergency response officials to address emergency management needs.

Residents and business owners who have sustained losses in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties can apply for assistance by registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.