FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Holiday Fire
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 to combat the Holiday Fire burning in Santa Barbara County.
On July 7, 2018, the State of California submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant declaration for the Holiday Fire. At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 1,340 homes in and around the communities of Goleta and Santa Barbara. The fire is also threatening infrastructure, utilities and watershed. The fire started on July 6 and has burned in excess of 50-100 acres of State and private land.
The FEMA Regional Administrator determined the Holiday Fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. The state’s request was approved on July 7, 2018, at 2:17 a.m. PDT.
Fire Management Assistance Grants (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.