Funding announced for jobs tied to California wildfire debris cleanup, humanitarian aid

04 January 2021

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USA – LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday announced the award of a grant of up to $25 million to create jobs addressing debris cleanup and delivery of humanitarian aid to some of those affected by last year’s wildfires across the state.

As part of the allocation to the California Department of Employment Development, an initial award of $8,364,268 will create disaster-relief employment for 10 counties — Los Angeles, Fresno, Madera, Mendocino, Napa, San Bernardino, San Diego, Shasta, Siskiyou and Sonoma, according to the federal agency.

Los Angeles County had a series of wildfires in 2020, the largest being the Bobcat fire, which broke out in the Angeles National Forest near Azusa on Sept. 6 and scorched more than 115,000 acres.

In eastern San Diego County, the Valley fire blackened 16,390 acres.

Fires last year in San Bernardino County included the Apple and El Dorado wildfires, affecting 33,424 acres and 22,744 acres respectively.

Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, National Dislocated Worker Grants temporarily expand the service capacity of dislocated-worker training and employment programs at the state and local levels by providing funding assistance in response to large, unexpected economic events that cause significant job losses, according to the federal Labor Department.

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