Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant to Assist in Battling Border Fire

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services 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 ‘Border’ Fire impacting San Diego County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

The fire is threatening homes and structures, prompting evacuations in and around the community of Portero.  The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has closed State Route 94 from Highway 188 to Potrero Valley Road. On Sunday evening, the American Red Cross opened a overnight shelter with food, water and other resources for evacuated residents at Campo Elementary School, 1654 Buckman Springs Road, Campo.
The fire started around 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 19th near State Route 94 and Highway 188 in steep terrain. Resources from local and state agencies are tasked to fight the fire through the Cal OES statewide mutual aid system in support of the public safety agencies fighting the fire and coordinating evacuations and shelters.
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.
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Kelly Huston

Kelly is a Deputy Director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). He leads a team of communications professionals working daily on a wide range of public safety issues including disaster mitigation, response and recovery.

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