CALIFORNIA – Cal OES is still working out its response to the continuing needs of wildfire evacuees all across our area. Action News Now Scott Rates spoke to the state agency to find out what is in the works.
Anchor Scott Rates asked the Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency, Mark Ghilarducci, “How much federal help are we getting right now when it comes to these fires?”
“Well we've been really blessed to have a great relationship with the feds and you know the federal government has assisted us in a couple of different ways," Ghilarducci shared. "One is they offer these fire management assistance grants. We’ve gotten a number of those in fact I think we're at the record number of getting grants that we've ever had in a fire season. And what those do is those are designed and have a criteria that they would be applied to a fire that could potentially become a major disaster. So, the idea is to put resources in as much as possible."
Rates asked Ghilarducci, "You know we're dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the state hard. Now we're dealing with these deadly fires. Can you think of a time that we have had so many emergencies all at once that we are taking on like this?
“I think I was saying earlier the complexity of the variety and the scope and the state of multiple events happening at the same time,” said Ghilarducci. “We need to take that all into account. That itself has resulted in a large amount of aces and stress on everybody's par4t but we're working hard to navigate through that both for the protection of our firefighters, our responders, but also for the public as they getting them out and evacuating."
On Tuesday, we learned Shasta County applied for and received the Cal OES Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to help in the Zogg Fire battle.