California Orchard Fire (FM-2676)
Incident period: September 16, 2006 to September 18, 2006
Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on September 17, 2006
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September 18, 2006
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help California fight the Orchard Fire near Calimesa, Riverside County. A Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) was approved September 17, 2006. At the time of the grant, the Orchard Fire had grown to 500 acres and was threatening a mobile home park. The fire, exacerbated by the Santa Ana winds blowing from the East at 25-35 mph, was not contained at the time of the declaration. To date, seven structures have been destroyed.