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 Clayton Fire burning in Lake County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.
Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 1,400 acres, several structures have been lost and the fire continues to threaten areas off State Highway 29 towards Lower Lake. Cal OES is working with Cal FIRE to mobilize multiple immediate-need 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 Coastal 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 terrain is grassy oak woodland with heavy brush and has created difficult firefighting conditions.
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.
Additional information is available at:
- Fire Management Assistance Grants – http://bit.ly/10v6hjJ
- Cal FIRE Clayton Incident Information page – http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/1390
- Cal OES Twitter @Cal_OES
- Governor’s Office of Emergency Services – http://www.caloes.ca.gov/