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Obama called Brown for fire update, pledged aid

President Barack Obama called California Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday for an update on fires including the Rim Fire, which is sweeping toward Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park.

AP Photo/Jae C. HongThe White House says the president expressed his gratitude for the brave men and women working tirelessly to combat this devastating fire, and reiterated his commitment to providing federal resources to support the ongoing state and local response. The administration will stay in contact with local officials and coordinate among federal agencies.

More than 3,400 men and women are working to combat the Rim Fire, and a National Wildland Fire Type 1 Incident Management Team has been deployed to assist with the response in California. The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday approved a Fire Management Assistance Grant for the Rim Fire, providing federal assistance on a cost-share basis.

Brown is in Tuolumne this morning to be briefed by emergency and fire officials, and to meet with first responders at their base camp.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.