OAKLAND, Calif. December 8, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of California to combat the Lilac Fire burning in San Diego County.

On December 7, 2017, the State of California submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Declaration for the Lilac Fire.  At the time of the request, the fire was threatening over 1,000 primary residences in and around the communities of Bonsal, San Louis Rey, Vista, and Oceanside.  The fire was also threatening business, infrastructure, and telecommunications facilities.  Mandatory evacuations were issued for approximately 5,500 people.

The fire started on December 7, 2017, and has burned in excess of 3,000 acres of state and private land.  The fire was zero percent contained.  There are seven other large fires burning uncontrolled within the state.

The FEMA Regional Administrator determined the Lilac Fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster.  The state’s request was approved on December 7, 2017, at 6:59 PM PST.

Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAGs) provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs.  The Disaster Relief Fund provides funding for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause major disasters.  Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire.