Federal assistance for Erskine Fire victims has been denied.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent a letter Friday to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, denying the state's request for a federal declaration of a major disaster.
FEMA decided that the damage from the Erskine Fire "was not of such severity and magnitude as to be beyond the capabilities of the state, affected local governments, and voluntary agencies," according to its letter.
"... we have determined that supplemental federal assistance is not necessary," reads the FEMA letter, in part.
The Erskine Fire erupted June 23 in the Kern River Valley and destroyed 285 homes. Two people were also killed in the fire