Governor Newsom Announces California Secures Federal Assistance to Support Response to Fawn Fire in Shasta County

Governor Newsom Announces California Secures Federal Assistance to Support Response to Fawn Fire in Shasta County

Governor Newsom said that California had received a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that critical resources are available to combat the Fawn Fire in Shasta County.

The Fawn Fire has burned 5,500 acres in the Jones Valley and Mountain Gate areas as of this writing and is now 5% contained. Due to hazardous fire weather conditions, the National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for the region.

The FMAG, which is funded through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund on a cost-sharing basis, will allow emergency services agencies responding to the fire to seek reimbursement for 75% of their eligible fire suppression expenditures. The program, run by the Governor Newsom’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), provides financial aid to towns damaged by fires as soon.

The White House granted a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration and a Presidential Emergency Declaration earlier this month to assist with the Caldor Fire response, as well as prior approval of a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for counties devastated by the Dixie and River fires. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has taken out FMAGs in the past to assist with the response to the Dixie Fire in Lassen, Butte, and Plumas counties, as well as the French, Caldor, Monument, River, and Lava Fires.

The Governor has declared a state of emergency in areas affected by the Cache, Caldor, McFarland, and Monument fires; Antelope and River blazes; Dixie, Fly, and Tamarack blazes; Lava Fire and Beckwourth Complex Fire; as well as other wildfires. Governor has also signed executive orders to aid CAL FIRE, and Cal OES personnel are working in tandem with other federal, state, and local responders to address emergency management and mutual aid concerns for the fires.

The office of the Governor said this.

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