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FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Glass Fire

Release Date Release Number
RIX-NR-20-52

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California in combating the Glass Fire burning in Napa and Sonoma counties.

On Sept. 27, 2020, the state of California submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) for the Glass Fire. At the time of the request, the fire threatened approximately 1,500 homes in and around the communities of Deer Park, Angwin, Calistoga and St. Helena. The fire also threatened a local hospital, college, airport, reservoir, water treatment facility, two fire stations, and a power substation and transmission lines.

The FEMA regional administrator approved the state’s request on Sept. 27, 2020, as the fire threatened to become a major incident.

FMAGs provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides allowances 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.

For more information on FMAGs, visit fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance.

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Last updated September 28, 2020