Washington, DC -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has made federal funds available to help New Mexico fight the uncontrolled Trap and Skeet Fire burning in the counties of Lincoln and Otero.
The state's request for federal fire suppression aid was approved last night after learning that the fire was endangering between 50 and 75 homes in the subdivision of Camelot near the town of Ruidoso. The 450-acre fire, which broke out last Saturday, also was posing a threat to Ruidoso's main power line and substation at the time of the request.
Under the authorization, FEMA will pay 70 percent of the state's eligible firefighting costs that are above $95,000. The figure, called a floor cost, is derived through a formula based on the state's five-year annual average cost for fighting fires.
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.