FEMA Offers California Wildfire Overview

Press Release


Per FEMA, here is their latest update as of 8:11 am Wednesday.

Incident Overview

On October 9, firefighters battled multiple wildfires in numerous counties across the entire state. These wildfires have prompted mass evacuations. Thousands of acres burned and threatened infrastructure as strong winds fueled the fast-moving fires. As many as 14 fires burned in eight counties and an estimated 20,000 people are evacuated.
The State Operations Center is activated to support emergency management coordination and mutual aid requests for multiple fire starts throughout Northern California. Due to Red Flag fire conditions, communities in Yuba, Sonoma, Napa, Lake, Humboldt, Mendocino, Butte, Nevada and Calaveras Counties are currently experiencing heavy fire activity with thousands of acres burned and thousands of evacuations under effect.
The Inland and Coastal Regional Operations Centers are also activated. Cal OES is coordinating dozens of local government requests for law enforcement assistance for evacuations and fire personnel to assist in fire suppression.

Also on October 9, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. proclaimed a State of Emergency for Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange Counties. The proclamation allows all state agencies to use and employ state personnel, equipment and facilities for response and recovery efforts. The California National Guard can also mobilize to support disaster response and/or relief efforts. To assist local governments and for the protection of public health and the environment, state agencies shall enter into contracts to arrange for the procurement of materials, goods, and services necessary to quickly assist with the response to and recovery from the impacts of these fires. Applicable provisions of the Government Code and the Public Contract Code, including but not limited to travel, advertising, and competitive bidding requirements, are suspended to the extent necessary to address the effects of the fires.
The Governor also requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to support the state and local response to fires burning in Northern California, following the emergency proclamation issued October 9 for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

Governor Statement on Presidential Declaration

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced October 10 that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of California to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires from October 8, 2017 and continuing.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement after the White House approved the gubernatorial request for federal assistance to help with the impacts of wildfires burning in Northern California: “The Federal Emergency Management Agency has responded promptly to assist California in fighting these terrible fires. I appreciate the fast response from the President.”

State of Emergency

On October 10, Governor Brown issued an emergency proclamation for Solano County due to the effects of the Atlas Fire, which has damaged critical infrastructure, threatened homes and caused the evacuation of residents. On October 9, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for eight counties – Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange – due to the effects of multiple fires causing damage to critical infrastructure, threatening homes and causing the evacuation of residents.

Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG)

On October 9, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Director Mark Ghilarducci secured 10 Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress wildfires burning statewide. The FMAGs also enable local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.
FMAGs were approved for the following fires:

Evacuation Center/Shelter Information