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San Bernardino County Residents Received Federal Wildfire Aid In Unexpected Places

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California’s 2020 wildfires set a record for the most acres burned in year, but there was another record set. The disaster declared for the wildfires last fall had the lowest approval rate for a FEMA wildfire disaster ever. 

NPR and the California Newsroom dug into why, and along the way found aid went to some suprising places in San Bernardino County. KVCR's Rick Dulock spoke with two members of the team that worked on this story, KVCR’s Megan Jamerson and NPR Data Editor Sean McMinn.

To read the investigation, FEMA Rejected 95% Of Aid Applicants During California's Last Wildfire Disaster. Why?  click here.

Rick Dulock is originally from Gainesville, Florida. He fell in love with NPR as a student board operator for 91.9 KVCR in 1996 and since then has worn many hats including Development Director and Pledge Producer. Rick has served as Program Manager since 2011 and is currently working on bolstering KVCR's Weekend Showcase with limited series and unique public radio offerings.