Sacramento, California - California Governor's Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci overnight 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 'Old' Fire impacting Los Angeles County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.
The fire is threatening homes and structures in the areas of Calabasas, Topanga and Malibu Canyons. Evacuations are currently underway in Los Angeles County. Care centers have been set up at Agoura High School and Pierce College. The fire began at approximately at 4:30 p.m. on June 4. Significant resources from local and state agencies are tasked to fight the fire through the Cal OES statewide mutual aid system in support of the Los Angeles County Fire and Sheriff departments.
The FMAG, 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.