SACRAMENTO– 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 Goose Fire burning in Fresno County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.
Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 250 acres and several structures have burned. The fire continues to threaten areas south of Prather and near State Route 168. Air tankers have already initiated rapid response fire retardant drops. An emergency shelter has been set up at Foothill Elementary at 29147 Auberry Road in Prather.
Cal OES Fire and Inland Region personnel are currently responding with other agencies to address emergency management and mutual aid needs for the incident.
The recent sustained, high temperatures and the historic, statewide drought have made 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.
Additional information is available at:
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services – http://www.caloes.ca.gov/