SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that the state has secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of resources to fight the Saddleridge Fire burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The grant also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.
“We are closely monitoring the fires burning across the state and are assisting state and local officials helping the tens of thousands of Californians affected by these fires,” said Governor Newsom. “California thanks the White House for their timely response to our request, which will ensure the communities grappling with this fire have the vital resources and support they need.”
The Fire Management Assistance Grant will assist local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75-percent reimbursement of their eligible fire suppression costs.
The Saddleridge Fire has burned 7,500 acres and threatens more than 13,000 residences in the San Fernando Valley. Mandatory evacuations are taking place for approximately 100,000 people.
Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement and Southern Region personnel are currently working in concert with other federal, state and local agencies to address all emergency management, law enforcement, evacuation and mutual aid needs for the fire. The Cal OES Southern Regional Emergency Operations Center has also been activated to support emergency management operations.