Governor Secures FMAG to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Bond Fire in Orange County


Governor Gavin Newsom secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant  (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the Bond Fire burning in Orange County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

The fire started on December 2, 2020 and, so far, has burned in excess of 3,600 acres of state and private land and is threatening 8,662 residences in and around the communities of Silverado Canyon, Portola Hills, and Foothill Ranch

The fire is also threatening 230 Kv power distribution lines, Bee Canyon Landfill and Methane Power Plant, Rattlesnake Reservoir and Water Treatment Plant, and St. Michael’s Monastery and School.

Mandatory evacuations are taking place for approximately 2,000 people.  Voluntary evacuations are taking place for approximately 15,000 people.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued Red Flag and High Wind Warnings for this area.

Cal OES Fire and Rescue, Law Enforcement and Southern Region personnel are currently working with other response agencies to address all emergency management, law enforcement, evacuation and mutual aid needs for the incident.

The federal Fire Management Assistance Grant, which is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund on cost-share basis, will assist local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75-percent reimbursement of their eligible fire suppression costs.

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