California Secures Federal Assistance to Support Response to Carmel Fire in Monterey County

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that California has 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 Carmel Fire burning in Monterey County.

The FMAG, 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.

The Carmel Fire has burned more than 1,200 acres since it began yesterday, causing evacuations near Carmel Valley. The recent sustained high winds have made an ideal environment for dangerous fire conditions throughout the region, and the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued Red Flag Warnings for the area.

Cal OES Fire and Rescue and Costal Region personnel are responding in concert with other federal, state and local agencies to address emergency management and mutual aid needs for the fire. Current weather conditions are causing extreme fire behavior, even in overnight hours, and the weather pattern is expected to extend through the week.


Robb Mayberry

Robb Mayberry is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. He has assisted in the response and recovery efforts with some of California’s worst disasters, including the San Refugio Oil Spill, the Valley and Butte Wildfires, Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Erskine Fire, the Winter Storms of 2017, the Tubbs Fire, the Thomas Fire, the Carr Fire, the Camp Fire, and the Ridgecrest Earthquake. Prior to public service, he spent 25 years managing the public and media relations for some of Northern California’s largest healthcare organizations.

4 thoughts on “California Secures Federal Assistance to Support Response to Carmel Fire in Monterey County

  • August 19, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    What is being done to assist Californians who recently lost their $600 weekly PUA benefit? What is the status on evictions?

    • August 22, 2020 at 3:18 am

      He’ll give excuses as to why he can’t do it…
      Bottom line is simple- he won’t do it! And if otherwise, you can bet he’ll drag his feet!

  • August 19, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Requesting information on available asst. for victims of canyon zone fire. All water tanks and lines gone. No electricity, off grid. Solar panels and wiring gone.

  • August 22, 2020 at 3:15 am

    Yeah, sure got that done quick!
    Any chance you can get our Federal Unemployment extensions just as quick?
    …I didn’t think so!


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