Today, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) requested an additional Fire Management Assistance (FMAG) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in response to the northern wildfires. -West Florida in Bay, Gulf and Calhoun counties.
At the time of the application, the Bertha Swamp Fire, Dogwood Way Fire and Adkins Avenue Fire were burning over 9,400 acres in Bay, Gulf and Calhoun counties. Together, these fires formed the Chipola Fire Complex. In response, Governor Ron DeSantis released Executive Order 22-55who modified Executive Order 22-54to extend the state of emergency to Calhoun and Gulf counties.
Yesterday, FDEM requested and received an FMAG for the Adkins Avenue fire. If granted, this additional FMAG request would cover costs associated with the Chipola Fire Complex, which includes the Bertha Swamp Fire and the Dogwood Way Fire, in addition to the Adkins Avenue Fire.
Fire management assistance, under FEMA, is available to states, local and tribal governments, for the mitigation, management and control of fires on public or private forests or grasslands, that threaten destruction that would constitute a major catastrophe. More information about FMAG is available here.
FDEM continues to coordinate available resources to support local response agencies. Standby assets include a drone assessment team, mobile command vehicle, and air operations support from the Florida National Guard. The Florida National Guard is ready to help, if needed.
In addition, the FDEM coordinated the deployment of four engine firefighting teams. Fire response teams focus on protecting infrastructure during a fire response.