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 Fish Fire burning in Angeles National Forest of Los Angeles County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.
Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 3,500 acres, threatening areas around Duarte and Azusa, Calif. Evacuations are already underway near Encanto Parkway and Brookridge Road. An emergency shelter has been set up at the 1600 block of Huntington Drive in Duarte.
Meanwhile Cal OES Fire and Rescue Regional Coordinators have been on the scene since early in the firefight working with Los Angeles County Fire Department to dynamically assess and address mutual aid needs for the Fish and the nearby burning Reservoir incident.
Strong, erratic winds in the area have fed the flames and caused rapid growth in recent hours. The recent high heat, rugged, steep and brush-covered terrain has made for difficult firefighting conditions.
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.
Additional information is available at:
- Fire Management Assistance Grants – http://bit.ly/10v6hjJ
- Cal OES Twitter @Cal_OES
- Incident information for Fish Fire via the Angeles National Forest Twitter account
- Incident information for the Reservoir Fire via Inciweb
- California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services – http://www.caloes.ca.gov/
- Large animal shelter information via Los Angeles County Sheriff Facebook