Governor Secures FMAG to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom 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 Kincade Fire burning in Sonoma County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

The fire started October 23 and, so far, has  burned more than 10,000 acres and more than 600 residences are threatened in the Red Hill and Geyserville area. Mandatory evacuations are taking place for approximately 1,300 people.

 “Cal OES continues to work closely with our federal, state and local partners to ensure there is resiliency for the communities affected by this fire,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “California is here and ready to support the local communities with any needs as they arises.”

Cal OES Fire and Rescue, as well as Coastal 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 critical fire weather has made an ideal environment for dangerous fire conditions throughout the region. 

Cal OES Fire and Rescue, Law Enforcement and Coastal personnel are currently working with other response agencies to address all emergency management, law enforcement, evacuation and mutual aid needs for the incident. The Cal OES Coastal Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC) has also been activated to support emergency management operations. Cal OES is assisting to provide local mutual aid resources into the fire area.

The federal Fire Management Assistance 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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Robb Mayberry

Robb Mayberry is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. He has assisted in the response and recovery efforts with some of California’s worst disasters, including the San Refugio Oil Spill, the Valley and Butte Wildfires, Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Erskine Fire, and the Winters Storms of 2017. Prior to public service, he spent 25 years managing the public and media relations for some of Northern California’s largest healthcare organizations.

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