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 River Fire burning in Mendocino and Lake Counties. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.
Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 6,000 acres and threatening structures near Hopland. Cal OES, in working with CAL FIRE, is mobilizing multiple immediate need fire strike teams and firefighters including aircraft, fire engines, dozers and water tenders 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 State Operations Center and all Cal OES Regional Operations offices are activated due to several other major fires burning throughout the state, including the Carr Fire in Shasta County, Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County and the Cranston Fire in Riverside County.
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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