California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) 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 Detwiller Fire burning in Mariposa County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.
Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 11,000 acres, threatening structures near the areas of Hornitos, Bear Valley and Bagby. Cal OES is working with CAL FIRE and Mariposa County to mobilize multiple fire strike teams and firefighters as well as fire engines, dozers, water tenders and fire … continue reading »
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 15, 2017) — California’s firefighting mutual aid system continues working at full speed this weekend sending firefighters and resources from across the state to join the battle at 12 major wildfires threatening dozens of communities at both ends of the state. As of Saturday, there were more than 400 engines, four dozen aircraft and over 7,000 personnel working on wildfires that have already burned as much as 159,000 acres statewide.
“Our tried-and-true mutual aid system is working just as designed. We’re strategically deploying a lot of resources to these wildfires regardless of where they’re burning,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “Our number one priority is to protect lives and property using the most effective combination of local, state and federal resources through a unified effort,” said … continue reading »
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 Wall Fire burning in Butte County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.
Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 5,000 acres, threatening structures near the areas near Bangor, Kelly Ridge and Oroville. Cal OES is working with Cal FIRE and Butte County to mobilize multiple fire strike teams and firefighters including fire engines, dozers, water tenders and fire retardant drops from aircraft as well as shelter operations staff and emergency communications capability. Statewide, about 200 local government and another 40 Cal OES fire engines have been mobilized to assist wildfire activity.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Law enforcement mutual aid is rapidly growing as the Butte Fire continues to burn in Calaveras and Amador Counties. At this time there are more than 100 officers and deputies from 23 agencies assigned to the fire to aid in evacuations, potential search and rescues operations, and property protection.
“We’re grateful to all law enforcement agencies around the state that have sent officers at the request of OES to aid in community protection,” Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci said today. “This fire covers a vast, rural area and we need these additional officers to assist the local jurisdictions in the growing and complex disaster.”
The fire has burned more than 64,700 acres, is 10% contained and threatening more than 6,150 residences. More than 3300 emergency response personnel are currently working this incident.
SACRAMENTO – As thousands of homes and residents are threatened by devastating and deadly wildfires in the state of Washington, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today directed his Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and CAL FIRE to send firefighters and equipment north to help battle the flames.
“We understand the devastating impacts of wildfires here in California and our hearts go out to the residents and first responders on the front lines in Washington,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “Our mutual aid system is built on the concept of neighbor helping neighbor, and this is another great example of helping our neighbors in a time of dire need,” said Ghilarducci.
Four strike teams of fire engines and personnel (20 fire engines) from local government agencies and CAL FIRE departed … continue reading »
California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci, unveiled a new plaque honoring Senator William P. “Bill” Campbell.
Campbell passed away on March 22, 2015 at the age of 79.
The unveiling took place at the California Chamber of Commerce in Sacramento, on Thursday.
Bill served more than 20 years in the California Legislature as an Assemblyman and a Senator. As Senator, he served as Chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee, Minority Leader of the Senate, and leader in emergency preparedness, which led to the State Office of Emergency Services named “Senator Bill Campbell Building.”
SACRAMENTO – Today marks the 13th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, United Airlines Flight 93 and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. It also marks the second anniversary of the terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. In conjunction with those anniversaries, Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and homeland security advisor to California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., issued the following statement: