Washington, D.C. -- The uncontrolled Quail Run fire located in Parker County has been added to the list of Texas blazes designated for federal firefighting funds by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The state's latest request for the fire suppression assistance was approved yesterday after it was reported that the 300-acre fire had destroyed one home and posed a threat to 60 other dwellings in a subdivision of Parker County.
The action brings to 17 the number of Texas fires that have been authorized for FEMA fire suppression aid so far this year.
Other fires previously designated for assistance include the Pine Cove fire in Smith County (Sept. 18); the Milam Street fire in Caldwell County (Sept. 10); the Deep Creek fire in McCulloch and San Saba counties (Sept. 8); the Frost fire in Kendall County and the Mesquite Creek fire in Lampasas County (Sept. 7); the Sheppard Reese fire in Kerr County, the Warren Chapel fire in Tyler County and the Peach Creek fire in Montgomery County (Sept. 5); the Stanley Mainline fire in Liberty County (Sept. 4); the Moore Branch fire in Newton County (Sept. 3); the Ranger Hill fire in Eastland County (Aug. 30); the Live Oak Loop fire in Hill County (Aug. 26); the Chicken fire in Nacogdoches County (Aug. 24); the Bob's Trail fire in Bastrop County (Jan. 5); the Purgatory fire in Comal County (Jan. 4); and the Saddleback fire in Wise County (Jan. 3).
Under the authorizations, the state's eligible costs for fighting the fires are being funded at 70 percent federal share.
Federal fire suppression aid is provided through the President's Disaster Relief Fund and made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires when they threaten to cause a major disaster. Eligible state firefighting costs covered by the aid can include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; tools, materials and supplies; and mobilization and demobilization activities.