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 Pilot Fire burning in San Bernardino County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.
Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 6,298 acres, threatening areas near Miller Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle area, Arrowhead Lake and Highway 138. Structures are threatened and evacuations are underway.
Cal OES Fire and Southern Region personnel are currently responding in concert with other federal, state and local agencies to address emergency management and mutual aid needs for the incident. The recent sustained, high temperatures around the state and historic statewide drought have made ideal environment 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.
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