Oakland, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of California in combatting the Saddleridge Fire burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
On Oct. 11, 2019, the State of California submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) for the Saddleridge Fire. At the time of the request, the fire threatened 1,069 homes and required the mandatory evacuation of roughly 10,000 people in and around the communities of Sylmar and Granada Hills. The fire also threatened numerous buildings, infrastructure, utilities, and the watershed.
The fire started on Oct. 10, 2019 and has burned in excess of 2,200 acres of federal, state, and private land. Currently, there are eight other large fires burning uncontrolled within the state.
The FEMA Region IX regional administrator determined that the Saddleridge Fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. The state’s request was approved on Oct. 11, 2019 at 2:57 a.m. PDT.
FMAGs provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides funding for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause major disasters. Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire.