published on September 6, 2017 - 11:34 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

A day after approving assistance for the Mission Fire in Madera County, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized the use of federal funds to assist firefighting efforts for the Pier Fire in Tulare County.

On Tuesday, the State of California submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Declaration for the Pier Fire. At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 269 residences in and around the communities of Springville, Sequoia Crest, Ponderosa, Camp Nelson and the Tule River Reservation. The fire was also threatening six buildings, infrastructure, utilities and watershed. It was 15 percent contained at that time.

About 1,641 people were under mandatory evacuation orders due to the fire, which started on Aug. 29 and has burned more than 20,259 acres of state and private land.

Fire Management Assistance Grants provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs.

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