Washington, DC - Federal assistance has been made available by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help Virginia battle an outbreak of wildfires in the southwestern part of the state.
FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh approved the state's request for federal fire management assistance after it was reported late last week that the Far Southwest Fire Complex had consumed over 17,000 acres and was threatening more than 800 homes in the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson and Scott.
Under the authorization, FEMA will pay 75 percent of the state's eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling designated fires.
Federal fire management assistance 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.