California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services 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 the Cedar Fire burning in Kern and Tulare Counties. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.
Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 19,200 acres, threatening structures near the areas off State Highway 155 towards Wofford Heights, Kernville and Alta Sierra. Cal OES is working with Cal FIRE, Kern County Fire Department and the US Forest Service to mobilize multiple fire strike teams and firefighters including fire engines, dozers, water tenders and fire retardant drops from aircraft as well as shelter operations staff and emergency communications capability.
Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement and Inland Region personnel are currently working with other response agencies to address all emergency management, evacuation and mutual aid needs for the incident. The recent sustained, high temperatures around the state and historic statewide drought have made ideal environment for dangerous fire conditions throughout California.
The federal 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.
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