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 Getty Fire burning in Los Angeles County, which has threatened homes and caused the evacuation of residents.
“California is grateful for the ongoing support as we battle fires up and down the state in extremely severe weather conditions,” said Governor Newsom. “I thank our heroic emergency responders and volunteers for their tireless, life-saving work to safeguard communities across the state.”
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.
Governor Newsom has declared a statewide emergency due to the dangerous weather conditions, which have resulted in fires and evacuations across the state. The Governor has also secured Fire Management Assistance Grants to help ensure the availability of resources to fight the Kincade and Tick fires, for which he previously declared a state of emergency in Sonoma and Los Angeles counties.
Over the course of the past week, the Governor has met with emergency responders, health officials, residents and local leaders in Petaluma, Napa, Geyserville and Los Angeles, and held public briefings regarding the ongoing fire threats and the need to hold utilities accountable for the consequences of their power shutoff decisions.
The Governor has also announced a $75 Million Program for state and local governments to mitigate the impacts of power shutoffs, and unveiled a series of new partnerships and new tools to help secure medically vulnerable populations during these events.