Washington, DC - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized federal assistance to help Virginia fight two more multiple wildfire outbreaks that pose a threat to populated areas.
FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh approved the state's latest requests for federal fire management assistance yesterday after learning that the Shenandoah Gap Fire Complex was threatening more than 90 homes and businesses in Page County while another 65 residences and businesses were endangered by the Heard Mountain Fire Complex located in Albermarle and Nelson counties.
Fire management assistance was previously authorized for the state late last week for the Far Southwest Fire Complex that threatened communities in the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson and Scott.
Under the authorizations, 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.