OAKLAND, Calif. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal Fire Assistance Management Grant (FMAG) funding to help the state of California fight the Hill Fire in San Bernardino County.
The authorization makes FEMA funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire.
At the time of the request, the Hill Fire was threatening 800 homes, all of which were primary residences in and around the communities of Oak Hills, Hesperia, and Phelan, California. The fire was also threatening 200 businesses, high voltage transmission lines from the Hoover Dam and a number of underground gas lines. Mandatory evacuations had taken place for approximately 1,000 people. The fire started on September 2, 2011 and had burned in excess of 650 acres of federal, state and private land.
"FEMA Region IX remains in constant contact with California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) to identify needs and provide ongoing support as requested," said FEMA Region IX Administrator Nancy Ward.
The President's Disaster Relief Fund provides funding for federal fire management grants made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. Eligible firefighting costs, covered by the grant, must meet a minimum threshold for costs before delivery of assistance. Eligible 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.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.