OAKLAND, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California combat the Silver Fire currently burning in Riverside County.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />
On August 7, 2013, the state of California submitted a request for a fire management assistance declaration for the Silver Fire. The authorization makes FEMA funding available to reimburse up to 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 fire was threatening 393 primary residence homes in and around the communities of Poppet Flats, Twin Pines, Silent Valley and Cabazon.
The fire is also threatening 6 businesses, watershed, local powerlines, 115 Kv powerlines, 500 Kv powerlines,
telecom vault, and two communications repeater sites in the area. The State of California further reported that the fire at one point burned in excess of 5,000 acres of state and private land.
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 costs covered by the grant 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.