Washington, DC -- Federal funds were made available by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today to help California fight the uncontrolled Louisiana fire burning in San Bernardino County.
FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh approved the state's latest request for federal fire management assistance early this morning after learning that the 5,500-acre blaze had destroyed three homes and was threatening more than 200 other dwellings in the towns of Lone Pine and Wrightwood and surrounding areas near West Cajon Valley and David Ranch.
The authorization is the third granted to the state this month and the fifth for the year. FEMA firefighting assistance was previously authorized for the Blue Cut fire San Bernardino County on June 17, the Copper fire in Los Angeles County on June 6, the Antonio fire in Orange County on May 14, and the Gavilan fire in San Diego County on February 11.
Federal fire management assistance is provided through the President's Disaster Relief Fund and made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. The assistance pays 75 percent of a state's eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling designated fires.
Eligible state firefighting costs covered by the aid can include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; tools, materials and supplies; and mobilization and demobilization activities.