Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling Pier Fire in Tulare County

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 the Pier Fire burning in Tulare County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

Pier Fire Map 9/5/17. Courtesy InciWeb Pier Fire Incident Page.

The fire has already burned approximately 20,500 acres, threatening lives and property near the area of Springville. Cal OES is working with multiple response agencies to mobilize mutual aid strike teams and firefighters as well as fire engines, dozers, water tenders and aircraft.

More than 1,400 personnel have been mobilized to assist with the wildfire activity. Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement and Inland Region personnel are currently working with other response agencies to address all emergency management, law enforcement, evacuation and mutual aid needs for the incident alongside the U.S. Forest Service and CAL FIRE. The recent sustained, high temperatures around the state and dry conditions have made an 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.

Additional information is available at:
Fire Management Assistance Grants – 
Pier Fire Information page – 
Cal OES Twitter – @Cal_OES
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services – 


Photo: USFS Alicia Embrey 

Monica Vargas

Monica is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident and 2017 winter storms. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

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