Cal OES Director Secures Federal Funding to Battling Canyon Fire in Orange, Riverside Counties

On September 25, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Director Mark Ghilarducci 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 Canyon Fire burning in Orange and Riverside Counties. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

The fire has already burned approximately 1,700 acres, threatening lives and property near Highway 91 and Corona. 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 300 personnel have been mobilized by the Anaheim Fire Department, Orange County Fire Authority and other agencies to assist with the wildfire activity. Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement and Southern Region personnel are currently working with other response agencies to address all emergency management, law enforcement, evacuation and mutual aid needs for the incident.

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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Photos: Orange County Fire Authority Incident Page

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