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Release date: 
August 20, 2012
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OAKLAND, Calif. - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help the state of California fight the Ponderosa Fire in Tehama County.

The authorization makes FEMA funding available to reimburse up to75 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, the fire was threatening 2,166 homes in and around the towns of Manton and Shingletown, total population 2,630. The fire was also threatening the Battle Creek Salmon Restoration Project, power lines, a power substation, a water supply, and a watershed in the area.  Evacuations were issued for approximately 2,789 people.  The fire started on August 18, 2012, and had burned in excess of 12,000 acres of state and private land.

"FEMA Region IX remains in constant contact with the California Emergency Management Agency 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.



Last Updated: 
August 20, 2012 - 15:11