Newsom Declares Wildfire Emergency in Mariposa County Due to Oak Fire
On Saturday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency in Mariposa County due to the Oak Fire. The proclamation was issued while the fire was still only 11,500 acres in size, with a press release from the Governor’s office noting that the fire “has destroyed homes, threatened critical infrastructure and forced the evacuation of more than three thousand residents.”
As of this morning, the Oak Fire has scorched 16,791 acres and is 10% contained. The emergency declaration provides Mariposa County with greater access to state resources to combat the blaze and improves impacted residents’ access to emergency assistance.
Earlier Saturday, California secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, providing additional resources for the state to suppress the Oak Fire.
CCA will continue to keep membership informed about state and federal responses to wildfires within the state. Additional information about these and other wildfire incidents can be found via Cal Fire and InciWeb.
SWRCB Curtails Additional Sacramento San-Joaquin Delta Water Rights
In addition to water rights curtailments previously detailed in Legislative Bulletin, the State Water Resources Control Board on Wednesday imposed several new curtailments within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed. Additional Sacramento River tributary curtailments include all appropriative water rights for the Putah Creek subwatershed with a priority date of 1850 or later.
In addition, appropriative water rights in the Merced River subwatershed with a priority date of 1859 or later, appropriative and riparian water rights on the Fresno River watershed and appropriative water rights in the Mokelumne River subwatershed with a priority date of 1890 or later have been curtailed.
The above curtailments are expected to continue through summer and the beginning of fall, depending on precipitation.
Access the Delta Drought Webpage to see if your water rights have been curtailed by this or a previous curtailment order.
For questions about curtailment and suspension notices or how to comply, please contact the Rancher Technical Assistance Program at (916) 409-6902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
USDA Designates Fifteen California Counties Impacted by Disastrous Freezes Eligible for Emergency Loans
A series of staggered freezes from February 21 through April 3 triggered a need for emergency credit for producers to recover losses. These loans are to recover losses of equipment and livestock, reorganize the farming or ranching operation or refinance certain debts.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced a deadline of March 1, 2023, for producers from fifteen counties to apply for credit through emergency loans.
These are the Primary Eligible Counties:
Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo and Yuba.
If your county is not listed above, you may still be eligible for this emergency credit if your county is a listed contiguous county.
Click here to see if your county is eligible for the emergency credit.
Click here for more information about emergency loans.
Ranchers should contact their county FSA office to apply for an emergency loan or inquire regarding other drought disaster relief resources available through FSA. You can find your county office’s contact information here. In addition, the Rancher Technical Assistance Program may be able to assist you in navigating the application process and is available at (916) 409-6902 or email@example.com.
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