California Geysers Fire (FM-2554)

Incident period: September 3, 2004 to September 15, 2004
Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on September 4, 2004

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September 4, 2004
News Release
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), after being contacted by the state, rapidly authorized the use of federal funds to help California fight the Geysers Fire raging in Lake and Sonoma Counties. Michael D. Brown, under secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, approved federal fire-management money tonight, at 6:22 p.m. PDT, approximately two hours after receiving a request for assistance from the state.
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