The Butte Fire that burned more than 70,000 acres of Calaveras and Amador counties, an area more than twice the size of San Francisco, has joined the Valley Fire as a federally recognized disaster area, and Friday federal officials were at the scene east of Sacramento.
Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Administration Agency joined the California Office of Emergency Services, Cal Fire, and the Red Cross and outlined services available to people who lost their homes or were otherwise impacted by the fire.
Tim Scranton, the federal coordinating officer acting as liaison between FEMA and local emergency services, said the main goal of his agency is to get displaced residents out of tents and into more permanent places. They're also offering legal services, crisis counseling, and setting up field offices throughout the county as residents return home.
"We know that it's going to be a long-term recovery for those survivors that have been affected," Scranton said. "We want to be able to partner with you to help you with that long-term strategy because this is not going to be quick."