California Gets Federal Assistance for Alisal Fire.
SANTA BARBARA – California was able to get a FEMA grant for the Alisal fire on Wednesday.
Governor Gavin Newsom was able to obtain a Fire Management Assistance Grant, or FMAG, from FEMA. This grant will help ensure the availability of vital resources to put down the Alisal Fire.
Currently, the Alisal fire has grown to 15,442 acres with 5% containment.
Highway 101 is closed due to the fire.
The Alisal fire was first reported Monday afternoon in the mountains between the Gaviota coast and the Santa Ynez Valley. The fire is believed to have started in the Santa Ynez Mountains above the Alisal Reservoir.
The state previously secured FMAG to support the response to the Dixie fire in Lassen, Butte, and Plumas counties and the response to the French fire, Caldor fire, monument fire, river fire, and lava fire.
The governor has also signed executive orders to support affected communities and strengthen wildfire response and recovery efforts.
CAL FIRE and Cal OES staff are responding together with other federal, state, and local agencies to address emergency management and mutual aid needs for fires.