Panetta Announces Federal Soberanes Fire Grant for California
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Panetta announced that the State of California’s Office of Emergency Services and Rescue Division (CalOES) received a federal grant totaling $1,380,867.70 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). The funds will be used to reimburse CalOES for the fire suppression and structure protection provided during the Soberanes Fire.
“CalOES and our local fire fighters work hard every day to keep our communities safe from the threat of fire,” said Congressman Panetta. “Their courage was on full display last year when responding to the Soberanes Fire. FEMA’s reimbursement will ensure that CalOES has the resources necessary to address wildfires, and help CalOES continue to protect our families, our homes, and the pristine beauty of the central coast of California.”
The Soberanes fire was the most expensive wildfire in United States history, ravaging 132,127 acres of forestland within Monterey County from July 22 through October 5, 2016.