Costa Announces Approval of Federal Emergency Grants to Fight Wildfires in Madera and Mariposa Counties
FRESNO, CA – Today Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) announced that two of the State of California’s requests for federal emergency grants to help fight wildfires in Madera and Mariposa counties were approved. Both grants are Fire Management Assistance Grants, which are issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). One grant request is for assistance suppressing the Railroad Fire, which has been burning in Madera and Mariposa counties since August 29, 2017. The second request asks for a grant to help fight the Mission Fire, which has been burning in Madera County since September 3, 2017. The FEMA administrator responsible for approving Fire Management Assistance Grants submitted for the region determined the destruction threatened by each fire would constitute a “major disaster.”
“The Railroad Fire and Mission Fire have devastated our Valley communities, and we must do everything we can to suppress these fires and help each other recover from the destruction they have caused,” said Rep. Costa. “This is why I asked Governor Brown and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tooke to devote every available resource to stopping the spread of these fires, and why I hope to see these FEMA grants used as quickly as possible to suppress them and to assist in the recovery of our local communities.”
Congressman Costa has supported legislation to help prevent and suppress wildfires, which are historically both common and highly destructive in California. This year, Rep. Costa cosponsored both the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act (H.R. 2862) and the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act (H. R. 1873). The Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 300 to 118 on June 21, 2017.