Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling West Fire in San Diego County

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 West Fire burning in San Diego County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

Thus far, the fire has burned more than 500 acres, 20 structures and is threatening additional structures and other critical lifelines near the community of Alpine. Cal OES, in working with CAL FIRE, has mobilized 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 Southern 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, along with strong winds 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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Jonathan Gudel

Jonathan Gudel is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Since joining Cal OES, he has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, multiple wildfires, the state's historic drought, the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, unprecedented winter storms in 2017 and the October (Sonoma County) and December (Santa Barbara County) 2017 wildfires. Previously, he worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years.

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