Governor Brown Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA for Butts Canyon Fire

Sacramento, California - As high temperatures continue throughout the California, firefighters are battling a large fire in Napa County. Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to enable the availability of vital firefighting cost reimbursement for responding local, state and tribal agencies responding to the Butts Canyon Fire, burning near Pope Valley.

The fire has consumed more than 3,200 acres and prompted the issuance of evacuation orders.

The grant, which is provided through the President's Disaster Relief Fund on a cost-share basis, will assist local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire to apply for a 75-percent reimbursement of their fire suppression costs. Responding local, state and tribal agencies are responsible for the remaining 25 percent of their costs.

The Butts Canyon Fire exploded from just a few hundred acres to thousands between Tuesday and Wednesday. Evacuations continue for the northeast region of Napa County, while the fire is 30% contained at present. Approximately 200 homes in the Berryessa Estates were asked to evacuate. Elsewhere around the state red flag warnings are in effect and other fire outbreaks are a major concern for local officials.

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