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More Out-of-State Engines Pulling into California to Battle Fires

State - California - CALOES - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 17:55

Nearly a week into the devastating wildfires that has burned more than 175,000 acres across five counties, out-of-state resources continue to pour into California. More than 150 engines from neighboring western states have responded to the state’s request for additional assistance to fight six significant wildfires in Southern California.

Washington joined a growing list of states to send resources, deploying a total of 10 engines. Previously, Oregon deployed 15 strike teams (75 engines), Montana provided one strike team and two task forces (16 engines), Idaho sent two task forces (10 engines), New Mexico deployed one task force (5 engines) and Utah committed 31 engines. Also, Nevada sent five engines through an interstate compact.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), which requested 50 engine strike teams (250 engines) from eight states via the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), is coordinating and collaborating with other states for additional resources.

Firefighters continue to battle blazes throughout the southern region of the state, including the Thomas (Ventura County/Santa Barbara County), Creek (Los Angeles County), Rye (Los Angeles County), Skirball (Los Angeles County), Lilac 5 (San Diego County) and Liberty (Riverside County) fires.

Early in the firefight response, more than 1,200 soldiers and airmen from the California Army National Guard (CalGuard) were staged in their armories across Southern California to forward deploy if needed in support of the wildfires. Additionally, the CalGuard has deployed two Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems (MAFFS) C-130J models activated to perform aerial firefighting operations in Southern California, four Type I helicopters with water dropping buckets and a remotely piloted aircraft and RC-26 to support infrared imagery and perimeter mapping.

The State Operations Center is activated to coordinate resources in support of communities being affected by the fires. State, local and federal agencies are working together around the clock to support emergency management efforts and provide all the necessary resources

Cal OES has coordinated mutual aid resources of 2,700 firefighters, 611 engines and a total of 117 strike teams and task forces (24 Cal OES strike teams/task forces, 93 local government strike teams/task forces).

 

Click here for up-to-date information regarding the Southern California wildfires. Find all of the latest updates on the October 2017 Northern California wildfires here.   

Additional Resources Assisting California With Wildfires

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:40

As wildfires continue to ravage numerous counties in Southern California, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is expanding its coordination with neighboring states for additional mutual aid resources.

Cal OES requested 50 engine strike teams (250 engines) from eight states via the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). A total of 142 engines coordinated through EMAC and an interstate compact are assisting with the Southern California wildfires.

Oregon deployed 15 strike teams (75 engines), Montana provided one strike team and two task forces (16 engines), Idaho sent two task forces (10 engines), New Mexico deployed one task force (5 engines) and Utah committed 31 engines. Also, Nevada sent five engines through an interstate compact.

Cal OES is coordinating and collaborating with other states for additional resources.

Neighboring states are assisting in support of at least six significant wildfires, including the Thomas (Ventura County/Santa Barbara County), Creek (Los Angeles County), Rye (Los Angeles County), Skirball (Los Angeles County), Lilac 5 (San Diego County) and Liberty (Riverside County). Fierce Santa Ana winds, combined with dry brush and dead trees, fueled multiple fires across five counties.

As of Dec. 8, more than 141,000 acres had burned and 212,000 people had been evacuated over a four-day span. In addition, several major freeways were shut down, schools closed, and historical landmarks threatened.

The State Operations Center is activated to coordinate resources in support of communities being affected by the fires. State, local and federal agencies are working together around the clock to support emergency management efforts and provide all the necessary resources

Cal OES has coordinated mutual aid resources of 2,500 firefighters, 600 engines and a total of 100 strike teams and task forces (19 Cal OES strike teams/task forces, 81 local government strike teams/task forces).

More than 1,200 soldiers and airmen from the California Army National Guard (CalGuard) are staged in their armories across Southern California to forward deploy if needed in support of the wildfires. Additionally, the CalGuard has deployed two Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems (MAFFS) C-130J models activated to perform aerial firefighting operations in Southern California, four Type I helicopters with water dropping buckets and a remotely piloted aircraft and RC-26 to support infrared imagery and perimeter mapping.

Nearly 4,000 evacuees are being housed in shelters across four different counties. Five shelters are currently opened in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties combined, while four each are opened in Los Angeles and San Diego counties.

Dangerous fire conditions remain in the forecast for the next few days. Red Flag Warnings have been extended for much of the Los Angeles and Ventura counties and San Diego County through Sunday, per the National Weather Service, with gusty Santa Ana winds also expected through the weekend.

A complete list of mutual aid resources can be found here.

 

Click here for up-to-date information regarding the Southern California wildfires. Find all of the latest updates on the October 2017 Northern California wildfires here.   

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Presidential Declaration
California Secures Presidential Declaration Providing Direct Federal Assistance for Southern California Wildfires Dec. 8

State of Emergency Proclamations
Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Santa Barbara County, Requests Presidential Emergency Declaration for Southern California Fires Dec. 8
Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in San Diego County Due to Lilac Fire Dec. 7
Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Ventura County Due to Thomas Fire Dec. 5
Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Los Angeles County Due to Creek and Rye Fires Dec. 5

Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG)
Thomas Fire FMAG Now Includes Santa Barbara County Dec. 7
Cal OES Director Secures FMAG to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Lilac Fire in San Diego County Dec. 7
Cal OES Director Secures FMAG to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Skirball Fire in LA County Dec. 6
Cal OES Director Secures Federal Grant to Assist Response Agencies Battling Thomas Fire in Ventura County Dec. 5
Cal OES Director Secures Federal Grant to Assist Response Agencies Battling Creek Fire in LA County Dec. 5
Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Rye Fire in LA County Dec. 5

 

Marines Corps Aircraft to Support Fighting California Fires

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:23

By | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | December 8, 2017

Marines and Aircraft from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) are coordinating with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) for aerial firefighting support in northern San Diego County.

Two UH-1Y Venoms from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 267, MCAS Camp Pendleton, are flying in direct support of the Lilac Fire, while two CH-53E Super Stallions from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 462, MCAS Miramar, are on standby.

U.S. Marines with Helicopter Support Team, Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27 (CLR-27) prepare a M-777 Howitzer for an external lift with a Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallion at Landing Zone Bull, Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, Calif., Oct. 1, 2011. CLR-27 was in support of Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 1-12, hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Richard A. Tetreau/Released) UH-1Y UH-1Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The UH-1Y can transport a bucket with a maximum capacity of 320 gallons, and the CH-53E can carry a 900-gallon bucket to assist in the firefighting efforts.  The level of aerial firefighting support depends on forecasted high-wind weather conditions throughout the weekend.

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Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Santa Barbara County, Requests Presidential Emergency Declaration for Southern California Fires

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:20

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Santa Barbara County due to the effects of the Thomas Fire, which has threatened homes and other structures and caused the evacuation of residents.

The Governor also requested a Presidential Emergency Declaration for direct federal assistance to supplement the state and local emergency response to the fires burning in Southern California, following the emergency proclamations issued earlier this week for San DiegoLos Angeles and Ventura counties.

The full text of the proclamation for Santa Barbara County is below:

Thomas Fire FMAG Now Includes Santa Barbara County

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 22:19

On 12/7/2017, the State of California submitted a request to add the portion of the THOMAS Fire burning in Santa Barbara County to the existing fire management assistance grant (FM-5224). The report on that approval can be found here.

At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 15,000 homes in and around the communities of Santa Paula, Ventura, Carpenteria, and Summerland (pop 165,000+). At the time of reporting, 85% of the threatened homes are primary residences. The fire is also threatening infrastructure, utilities, potable water, and oil production facilities.

Mandatory evacuations are taking place for approximately 79,543 people. The fire started on12/4/2017, crossed into Santa Barbara County on 12/7/2017, and has burned in excess of 96,000acres of State and private land and is 5% contained. There are 8 large fires burning uncontrolled within the State.

The Principal Advisor confirmed the facts of the State’s request.

The fire is currently 5% contained.

Current weather conditions are as follows: temperature 70 degrees, forecasted at 70 degrees for the next operational period.  Winds are reported at 30 mph gusting to 50 mph and the relative humidity is at 3 percent.

The Regional Administrator, FEMA Region 9 has determined that the THOMAS Fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. The State’s request to extend the FMAG to include Santa Barbara County was APPROVED on 12/7/2017, at 1946 PST / 2246   EST.

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Cal OES Director Secures FMAG to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Lilac Fire in San Diego County

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 22:05

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 Lilac Fire burning in San Diego County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs. 

The fire started December 7 and, so far, has  burned more than 3000 acres and is  threatening 1,000 homes in and around the communities of Bonsall, San Luis Rey, Vista and Oceanside with a combined population of about 50,000. At the time of reporting, 100% of the threatened homes are primary residences. The fire is also threatening business, infrastructure, and telecommunications facilities. Mandatory evacuations are taking place for approximately 5,500 people.

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 winds have made ideal environment for dangerous fire conditions throughout the region. 

Firefighters from Cal Fire, San Diego County Sheriff, North County Fire, Vista Fire Department and Oceanside Fire Department are on scene working in Unified Command. Cal OES is assisting to mobilize mutual aid strike teams and firefighters that may include fire engines, dozers, water tenders and aircraft.

Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement and Southern Region 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 Southern Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC) has also been activated to support emergency management operations.

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.

Neighboring States Respond to California’s Request for Wildfire Assistance

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 20:07

Still recovering from devastating Northern California wildfires in October, emergency management officials are now responding to a fire siege in Southern California. But they are not doing it alone.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) requested 50 engine strike teams (250 engines) from eight states via the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). Oregon has provided 75 engines, Montana has provided 16 engines, and New Mexico is sending five engines. Additionally, Nevada has sent five engines through an interstate compact.

Cal OES is coordinating and collaborating with other states for additional resources.

Neighboring states are assisting in support of at least six significant wildfires in Southern California, including the Thomas (Ventura County), Creek (Los Angeles County), Rye (Los Angeles County), Skirball (Los Angeles County), Lilac (San Diego County) and Liberty (Riverside County). Fierce Santa Ana winds, combined with dry brush and dead trees, fueled multiple fires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties on Dec. 4. Since, multiple other fires have sparked throughout Southern California and spread rapidly due to continuous strong winds.

Thousands of acres have burned, destroying infrastructure and residences and prompting mass evacuations. In addition, several major freeways were shut down, schools closed, and historical landmarks threatened.

The State Operations Center is activated to coordinate resources in support of communities being affected by the fires. State, local and federal agencies are working together around the clock to support emergency management efforts and provide all the necessary resources

Cal OES has coordinated mutual aid resources of 2,500 firefighters, 600 engines and a total of 100 strike teams and task forces (19 Cal OES strike teams/task forces, 81 local government strike teams/task forces).

The California Army National Guard (CalGuard) staged more than 1,200 soldiers and airmen in their armories across Southern California to forward deploy if needed in support of the wildfires. Also, the CalGuard has deployed two Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems (MAFFS) C-130J models activated to perform aerial firefighting operations in Southern California, four Type I helicopters with water dropping buckets and a remotely piloted aircraft to support infrared imagery and perimeter mapping.

 

Click here for up-to-date information regarding the Southern California wildfires. Find all of the latest updates on the Northern California wildfires here.   

 

Additional Southern California wildfire resources:

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Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG)

Cal OES Director Secures FMAG to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Skirball Fire in LA County Dec. 6

Cal OES Director Secures Federal Grant to Assist Response Agencies Battling Thomas Fire in Ventura County Dec. 5

Cal OES Director Secures Federal Grant to Assist Response Agencies Battling Creek Fire in LA County Dec. 5

Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Rye Fire in LA County Dec. 5

 

State of Emergency Proclamations

Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Ventura County Due to Thomas Fire Dec. 5

Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Los Angeles County Due to Creek and Rye Fires Dec. 5

 

 

Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in San Diego County Due to Lilac Fire

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:15

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for San Diego County due to the effects of the Lilac Fire, which has threatened thousands of structures and critical infrastructure and caused the evacuation of residents.

Earlier this week, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to the effects of multiple fires.

The full text of the proclamation is below:

Las Autoridades Advierten Sobre Fuertes Vientos Durante la Noche y Peligro Extremo de Incendio en el Sur de California Hasta el Viernes

State - California - CALOES - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:59

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Con el pronóstico de vientos fuertes durante la noche y condiciones extremas de incendio hasta el viernes en el sur de California, las autoridades de seguridad publicaron una alerta de emergencia en toda la región a las 8:00 P.M. PST miércoles, donde pidieron a los residentes que se mantengan listos, monitoreen las noticias locales y escuchen a las autoridades locales.

La alerta se envió por mensaje de texto a través del sistema Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) a los usuarios de teléfonos celulares en el sur de California:

“Vientos fuertes durante la noche crean peligro de incendio extremo. Manténgase alertos. Escuchen a las autoridades”.

Los mensajes de texto específicamente se enviaron a los residentes en los condados de San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Santa Bárbara, Orange, Ventura y Los Ángeles donde se emitieron advertencias de bandera roja.

La alerta se produjo porque el Servicio Meteorológico Nacional pronostica un evento extremo de viento de Santa Ana que comenzará esta noche, miércoles, con 18 a 24 horas de vientos fuertes de 50 a 80 millas por hora. Los vientos pronosticados, junto con condiciones muy secas, significan que cualquier incendio que comience tendrá una alta probabilidad de rápido crecimiento.

“El centro de operaciones de emergencia del estado está completamente activado y estamos coordinando con todas las agencias estatales para continuar nuestra respuesta a los incendios actuales y colocamos recursos en caso de que surjan nuevos incendios en los próximos días”, dijo Mark Ghilarducci, Director de la Oficina del Gobernador de Servicios de Emergencia.

“Hemos estado trabajando con personal y equipo adicional en el sur de California en los últimos días y nuestros Comandantes de Incidente tienen acceso a una amplia variedad de recursos para combatir los incendios”, dijo el Jefe Ken Pimlott, Director de CAL FIRE. “Pero déjenme ser claro, ninguna cantidad de recursos puede mantenerse con las condiciones previstas. Los bomberos y las agencias de policía priorizarán la vida y seguridad y trabajarán para efectuar las evacuaciones cuando sea necesario. El público tiene un papel fundamental para ayudarnos a prevenir los incendios antes de que comiencen, usando extrema precaución y evitando cualquier actividad que pueda causar una chispa “.

Se recomienda a los residentes que vigilen los medios locales y estén listos para evacuar si es necesario. Para obtener más información sobre cómo prepararse, visite www.ReadyForWildfire.org/Spanish.

Officials Warn of Strong Winds Overnight and Extreme Fire Danger in Southern California through Friday

State - California - CALOES - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 21:30

Source: http://www.weather.gov/sgx/

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With strong winds expected overnight and extreme fire conditions in the forecast through Friday in Southern California, public safety officials will issue a region-wide emergency alert at 8:00 P.M. PST Wednesday asking residents to stay ready, monitor local news and listen to local authorities.

The following alert will be sent via text message through the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system to cell phone users across Southern California:

“Strong winds overnight creating extreme fire danger. Stay alert. Listen to authorities.”

The geographically-targeted text messages will be sent to residents in San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Orange, Ventura and Los Angeles counties where red flag warnings have been issued.

The alert comes as the National Weather Service is forecasting an extreme Santa Ana Wind event beginning tonight, Wednesday, with 18 to 24 hours of strong winds gusting 50-80 miles per hour. The predicted winds, coupled with very dry conditions, mean that any fires that start will have a high probability of rapid growth.

“The state’s emergency operations center is fully activated and we are coordinating with all state agencies to continue our response to current fires and pre-position resources in case new fires emerge in the coming days,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

“We have been staffing up with additional personnel and equipment in Southern California over the past several days and our Incident Commanders have access to a wide variety of firefighting resources,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE Director. “But let me be clear, no amount of resources can keep up with the predicted conditions. Firefighters and law enforcement will be prioritizing life safety and working to effect evacuations where needed. The public has a critical role to play in helping us prevent fires before they start by using extreme caution and avoiding any activity that may cause a spark.”

Residents are advised to monitor local media and be ready to evacuate if needed. For more information on how to prepare, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

Cal/OSHA Issues Advisory for Worker Safety in Wildfire Regions

State - California - CALOES - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 20:50

Oakland—Cal/OSHA is advising employers that special precautions must be taken to protect workers from hazards from wildfire smoke.

Smoke from wildfires contains chemicals, gases and fine particles that can harm health. The greatest hazard comes from breathing fine particles, which can reduce lung function, worsen asthma and other existing heart and lung conditions, and cause coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing.

Cal/OSHA has posted materials that provide guidance for employers and workers on working safely in conditions with heavy smoke caused by the wildfires. Employers with operations exposed to wildfire smoke must consider taking appropriate measures as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program under Title 8 section 3203 of the California Code of Regulations and as required under section 5141 (Control of Harmful Exposure to Employees). Those measures include:

  • Engineering controls whenever feasible (for example, using a filtered ventilation system in indoor work areas)
  • Administrative controls if practicable (for example, limiting the time that employees work outdoors)
  • Providing workers with respiratory protective equipment, such as disposable filtering facepieces (dust masks).
    • To filter out fine particles, respirators must be labeled N-95, N-99, N-100, R-95, P-95, P-99, or P-100, and must be labeled approved by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
    • Approved respiratory protective equipment is necessary for employees working in outdoor locations designated by local air quality management districts as “Very Unhealthy,” “Unhealthy” or “Hazardous.”
      • It takes more effort to breathe through a respirator, and it can increase the risk of heat stress. Frequent breaks are advised. Workers feeling dizzy, faint or nauseous are advised to go to a clean area, remove the respirator and seek medical attention.
      • Respirators should be discarded if they become difficult to breathe through or if the inside becomes dirty.

Cal/OSHA helps protect workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace in California. Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch provides free and voluntary assistance to employers to improve their health and safety programs. Employers should call (800) 963-9424 for assistance from Cal/OSHA Consultation Services.

Employees with work-related questions or complaints may contact DIR’s Call Center in English or Spanish at 844-LABOR-DIR (844-522-6734). The California Workers’ Information line at 866-924-9757 provides recorded information in English and Spanish on a variety of work-related topics. Complaints can also be filed confidentially with Cal/OSHA district offices.

Members of the press may contact Erika Monterroza or Peter Melton at (510) 286-1161, and are encouraged to subscribe to get email alerts on DIR’s press releases or other departmental updates.

Cal OES Director Secures FMAG to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Skirball Fire in LA County

State - California - CALOES - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 14:27

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 Skirball Fire burning in Los Angeles County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs. 

Thus far, the fire has  burned approximately hundreds of acres, threatening areas near the Getty Museum and forcing closures of the 405 freeway. 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 winds have made ideal environment for dangerous fire conditions throughout the region. 

Firefighters from Cal Fire, LAFD, LA County FD and US Forest Service are on scene working in Unified Command. Cal OES is assisting to mobilize mutual aid strike teams and firefighters that may include fire engines, dozers, water tenders and aircraft.

Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement and Southern Region 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 Southern Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC) has also been activated to support emergency management operations.

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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Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Los Angeles County Due to Creek and Rye Fires

State - California - CALOES - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 20:32

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Los Angeles County due to the effects of the Creek and Rye fires, which have threatened critical infrastructure, destroyed homes and caused the evacuation of residents.

Earlier today, Governor Brown issued an emergency proclamation for Ventura County due to the effects of the Thomas Fire.

The full text of the proclamation for Los Angeles County is below:

Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Rye Fire in LA County

State - California - CALOES - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 19:04

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 Rye Fire burning in Los Angeles 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 areas near Rye Canyon near West Valencia. 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 winds have made ideal environment for dangerous fire conditions throughout the region. 

There is more than 650 firefighters from Cal Fire, LAFD, LA County FD and US Forest Service on scene working in Unified Command. Cal OES is assisting to mobilize mutual aid strike teams and firefighters that may include fire engines, dozers, water tenders and aircraft.

Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement, and Southern Region 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 Southern Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC) has also been activated to support emergency management operations.

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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