For the ninth time this year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized federal funds to help Colorado battle a wildfire threatening lives and property. FEMA approved assistance this evening for the Hayman fire in Park County.
FEMA has now provided more fire assistance grants in the state this year than in the preceding eight years combined. FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh approved the state's latest request for federal fire management assistance when it became clear that the blaze was a threat to homes and businesses.
"The number of assistance grants only confirms what we already know about the ongoing fire danger in Colorado," Allbaugh said. "FEMA remains committed to supporting the state's firefighting efforts throughout this record wildfire season."
In addition to the Hayman fire, FEMA fire management assistance has been authorized in Colorado this year for the Snaking fire on April 23; the Cuerna Verde fire on May 1; the Black Mountain fire on May 5; the Schoonover fire on May 23; the Iron Mountain fire on June 2; the Trinidad Complex fire on June 3; the Ute Pass fire on June 7; and the Coal Seam fire on June 8.
Federal fire management assistance is made available by FEMA to manage, mitigate and control fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. The assistance covers eligible state firefighting costs, including expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; tools, materials and supplies; and mobilization and demobilization activities.
Between 1994 and 2001, FEMA firefighting assistance was provided in Colorado for the Wake Complex, South Canyon and Roxborough Complex fires in 1994; the Buffalo Creek fire in 1996; the Bobcat Gulch, Hi Meadow and Eldorado fires in 2000; and the Armageddon fire in 2001.