SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The federal government has granted California emergency funds to assist agencies battling the Camp Fire in Butte County.

The fire has burned more than 18,000 acres and is threatening structures and critical infrastructure near the towns of Paradise and Magalia. It has forced thousands of people from their homes and residences.

Working with Cal Fire, California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), has mobilized multiple strike teams and firefighters including aircraft, fire engines, dozers, and water tenders to battle the fire that started Thursday, the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), said Thursday in a statement.

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High winds and dry weather have made for dangerous fire conditions throughout California.

The grant, which is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund, will assist local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75 percent reimbursement of their eligible fire suppression costs.