published on September 5, 2017 - 10:58 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved funding to help firefighters combat the Mission Fire burning in Madera County.

A request was submitted Sunday by the state for help with controlling the fire, and the FEMA office approved the request. The agency will use Fire Management Assistance Grants, which cover up to 75 percent of costs, according to a press release sent out by the agency.

These grants are eligible to fund camps, equipment, materials, supplies and mobilization associated with fighting the fire.

The fire, which began on Saturday, has burned 875 acres in the North Fork and Cascadel communities in Madera County and is only 8 percent contained, according to CalFire’s most recent update this morning at 8 a.m.

CalFire has issued mandatory evacuations for 2,500 people in Cascadel Woods, with future evacuations not being ruled out. Advisory evacuations have been issued for Benedict Meadows and areas of Oakhurst.

The extent of the fire prompted the agency’s regional administrator to view the fire on the scale that “such destruction as would constitute a major disaster,” according to the press release.

About 250 homes around Cascadel and North Fork are being threatened as well as businesses, power lines and a drinking water reservoir.

The Mission Fire is one of six fires burning in the area.

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