The Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) program was authorized by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and provides for the mitigation, management, and control of fires that threaten such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. The purpose of FMAG is to provide supplemental federal assistance to states and local government to fight fires burning on public (non-federal) or privately owned forest or grassland.
A Local or State fire agency must request an FMAG through the
Cal OES Fire and Rescue Branch or the
California State Warning Center (CSWC) while the fire is burning uncontrolled. There are four criteria used to evaluate the threat posed by a fire or fire complex:
The entire process is accomplished on an expedited basis and a decision is rendered in a matter of hours.
Once the fire incident period is established the following must take place within 30 days from the incident end date:
An Applicants’ Briefing
An Applicants' Briefing is an overview of the program that includes general eligibility of costs as well as providing the necessary forms and due dates for reimbursement.
The jurisdiction requesting the FMAG should begin looking for potential Applicants' Briefing locations once the FMAG is declared. This facility must be ADA compliant and large enough to hold all potential applicants. In addition, the jurisdiction should maintain a list of potential applicants participing in the fire. A Cal OES Recovery FMAG team member will contact the local jurisdiction who requested the FMAG, for an invitation list and coordination of the briefing.
Please keep in mind, the date of the briefing cannot be finalized until the incident period is established.
Request for Fire Management Assistance Subgrant (RFMAS) Submission
Eligible applicants must submit a Request for Fire Management Assistance Subgrant (RFMAS) FEMA Form 089-0-24 to Cal OES within 30 days of the close of the incident period. RFMAS applications may be submitted via email or at the Applicants' Briefing. Even though the official RFMAS deadline cannot be determined until the incident period is established, RFMAS applications are accepted as soon as the FMAG is declared.
Current Applicants' Briefing Schedule
Cameron SchreiterFMAG Program Manager(916) email@example.com