San Francisco, CA -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) authorized, in about an hour of being contacted by the state, the use of federal funds to help Nevada fight the Pioche fire, an uncontrolled wildfire burning in Lincoln County.
FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh approved the state's request for federal fire management assistance at 1:38 a.m. Eastern Time, after confirming that the fire threatened the entire town of Pioche, population 4,000, and that more than 200 mandatory evacuations had been ordered with further evacuations possible. The fire, which started on Saturday, June 8, about 3:30 p.m., had burned more than 500 acres and destroyed four homes at the time of the request.
"FEMA is committed to assisting our nation's firefighters in getting them the resources they need to quickly extinguish these fires that threaten people's lives and property," FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said.
The authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state's eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling designated fires. 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.
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.
FEMA is the federal agency that coordinates response efforts to federally declared disasters. The agency's 10 regional offices work directly with states to plan for and respond to disasters, develop mitigation programs and meet public needs when disasters happen. FEMA Region IX serves the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada, as well as the territories of American Samoa and Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.