Washington, DC -- Federal assistance has been made available by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help Virginia fight the uncontrolled Fultz Run fire burning in Page County.
FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh approved the state's request for federal fire management assistance late yesterday after it was reported that the blaze had consumed more than 1,400 acres and posed a threat to at least 100 homes.
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.