California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Director Mark Ghilarducci today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress a fast-moving wildfire burning in the Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood of the City of Los Angeles, Kagel Canyon in Los Angeles County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.
The Creek Fire, which began on Tuesday, December 5th, around 6:00 am, has already burned more than 6,500 acres, threatening lives and thousands of homes near the area of 11350 N Riverwood Dr. As of 10:30 am Tuesday, more than 2,500 homes have been evacuated. Mandatory evacuations are in effect in Kagel Canyon, Trailer park in Lopez Canyon, Arroyo St. north of I-210, Mobile home park top of Maclay, Pacoma Wash west of Sayre St., Eldridge/Sayre north.
There is more than 650 firefighters from LAFD, LA County FD and US Forest Service on scene working in Unified Command. Cal OES is assisting to mobilize mutual aid strike teams and firefighters that may include fire engines, dozers, water tenders and aircraft.
Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement, and Southern Region personnel are currently working with other response agencies to address all emergency management, law enforcement, evacuation and mutual aid needs for the incident. The Cal OES Southern Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC) has also been activated to support emergency management operations.
The federal Fire Management Assistance Grant, which is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund on cost-share basis, will assist local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75-percent reimbursement of their eligible fire suppression costs.