Oakland, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of California in combatting the Easy Fire burning in Ventura County.
On Oct. 30, 2019, the State of California submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) for the Easy Fire. At the time of the request, the fire threatened 6,500 homes in and around Simi Valley, Moorpark, and Thousand Oaks, with an approximate population of 100,000. The fire also threatened the Reagan Presidential Library, Ventura County Sheriff’s East Valley Division, California Lutheran University, portions of Highway 118, and utility transmission lines.
The fire started on Oct. 30, 2019 and has burned in excess of 1,000 acres of state and private land. There are five other large fires burning uncontrolled within the state.
The FEMA Region IX regional administrator determined that the Easy Fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. The state’s request was approved on Oct. 30, 2019 at 9:15 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.