OAKLAND, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today has authorized the use of federal funds to help the state of California fight the Shockey Fire in San Diego 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 the state of California submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG), the fire was threatening 250 homes in and around the towns of Boulevard and Jacumba,
which have a total population of 1,200 residents. The fire was also threatening numerous
outbuildings and businesses. Mandatory evacuations had taken place for approximately 600 residents of both towns.
“With this wildfire threatening so many neighborhoods, our commitment to the people of Shockey County remains strong,” said FEMA Region IX Administrator Nancy Ward. “FEMA will continue to support our state and local partners during this time of uncertainty.”
The President’s Disaster Relief Fund provides funding for FMAGs made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. 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.