OAKLAND, Cal. – The initial speed of the North Siskiyou County factory fire is getting its own quick response from the federal government for help.
The regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said today that he has authorized the use of federal funds to help the state of California fight the fire at the factory in the north of Weed in Siskiyou County.
It says the State of California submitted an application for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) yesterday, the day the fire started, and “At the time of application, the fire was threatening approximately 2 500 homes in and around Weed, Calif. The fire also threatened the local water supply system, communication and electrical transmission lines; U.S. Route 97; the Union Pacific Railroad; and the watershed of the Shastina Lake.”
FMAGs provide federal funding covering up to 75% of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides grants to FMAGs through FEMA to help fight fires that threaten to become a larger incident. Eligible costs covered by FMAGs may include field camps, use of equipment, materials, supplies, mobilization and demobilization activities to fight a wildfire.
More information about FMAGs at fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance.