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SBA to Open Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Big Sur

Mar 30, 2017 11:33 am

U.S. Small Business Administration to open additional Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Big Sur to meet the needs of businesses and individuals who were affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred Feb. 1-25, 2017. It will be open two days only beginning 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

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Governor Brown Requests Presidential Major Disaster Declaration Due to February Storms, Damage to Oroville Dam Spillway

Mar 19, 2017 5:37 pm

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to aid with repairs to the damaged Oroville Dam spillway and to bolster state and local recovery efforts following February storms that caused major flooding, levee breeches, the evacuation of residents, power outages and extensive damage to roads and bridges across California.

Governor Brown today also issued an emergency proclamation adding Contra Costa and Solano counties to the 48 other counties included in his March 7, 2017 State of Emergency due to storms in February.

Today’s request follows three other separate Presidential Major Disaster Declaration requests – granted last month and last week – to support the response efforts for the situation at the Oroville Dam, impacts of the early January storm system and impacts of the late January storm system. In addition, Governor Brown has issued emergency declarations … continue reading »

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Cal OES Director Secures Federal Aid to Assist Agencies Battling Sage Fire Near Stevenson Ranch

Jul 9, 2016 8:00 pm
Sage Fire Incident Command Post Officials Looking at a Map of the Fire near Stevenson Ranch, California
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Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci this evening secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital public safety resources to suppress the Sage Fire burning in the Stevenson Ranch area of Los Angeles County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

As of 7pm Saturday evening, Los Angeles County officials report the fire has burned more than 800 acres, caused more than 2,000 residents to evacuate from at least 700 homes, and is threatening areas near the Morning Mist community. An evacuation center has been … continue reading »

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Sobering Aerial View of Erskine Wildfire Destruction in Kern County

Jun 30, 2016 12:39 pm

Now that firefighters are gaining the upper hand on the #ErskineFire, residents of several small communities near Lake Isabella are now returning to their fire-ravaged neighborhoods. Officials report more than 250 homes were destroyed and 46,000 acres burned. Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall said this was the “most destructive wildfire to go down in Kern County history.”

This aerial footage gives a sobering view of the destruction.

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Firefighters from Across the State Join Forces to Combat 14 Active Wildfires

Aug 4, 2014 7:04 pm

It’s been only a few days since lightening began sparking more fires in the dry lands of Northern California. Currently, more than 1,600 firefighters from across the state are working together to contain fourteen active wildfires: eleven in Northern California and three in Southern.

It’s times like this when the coordination and helping hands from other agencies comes into play. The Mutual Aid System is an extension of the concept of “neighbor helping neighbor.”

“The California Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System was created to provide for a systematic mobilization, organization and operation of fire resources in mitigating the effects of fires,” said State Fire and Rescue Chief Kim Zagaris. “It’s also there to provide comprehensive plans for the quick response of available fire services on a local, area, regional and statewide basis.”

California National Guard Helicopters Ready to Join Firefight in Northern California

Aug 1, 2014 10:09 am

MATHER – As dozens of wildfires threaten several Northern California communities, hot temperatures and dry lightning increase the risk of more fires in communities where vegetation is already dry due to exceptional to extreme drought conditions, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has tasked the California National Guard (CNG) to activate specially-trained helicopter units to assist local, state and federal fire agencies.

The helicopters are a combination of 14 UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters and three LUH-72 Lakota helicopters. The crews and assets from the California Army National Guard were activated under the direction of Adjutant General Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin at the request of Cal OES on behalf of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).

The CNG helicopters and crews, which were deployed from around the state, will … continue reading »

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