Denver, CO -- As efforts to suppress Montana's wildfires continue, so does support from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Since mid-July, FEMA has been assisting local, state and federal wildfire efforts through its Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) program. This program enables the President to authorize grants to pay for equipment, supplies and personnel to state and local governments to minimize immediate adverse affects, and to manage and control fires that threaten to cause major disasters.
FEMA Assistance At a Glance:
- Fire Management Assistance Grants
Federal funds have been authorized to help defray certain costs associated with suppressing designated wildfires. FEMA will reimburse state and local governments 75% of the eligible fire management costs to help minimize immediate adverse fire affects, and to manage and control fires that threaten to cause major disasters.
*These grants do not provide assistance to individual residents or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fires.
|Fire Name||Location||Grant Authorized|
|Missouri Breaks Complex||Garfield County||23-Jul-03|
|Robert Fire||Flathead County||25-Jul-03|
|Wedge Canyon Fire||Flathead County||25-Jul-03|
|Hobble Fire||Sweet Grass County||Aug. 11, 2003|
|Cherry Creek Fire||Sanders County||Aug. 12, 2003|
|Missoula/Mineral Fire Zone||Missoula County
Ravalli County (Cooney Ridge Fire only)
|Aug. 12, 2003|
|Lincoln Complex||Lewis & Clark County
|Aug. 20, 2003|
|Flathead Fire Zone||Flathead County||Aug. 21, 2003|
- On-Scene Technical Support
FEMA emergency management specialists on the ground have been closely monitoring wildfire conditions and providing technical advice on a number of issues for local, state, and federal agencies and officials responsible for suppressing wildfires.
- Public Information Support
FEMA public affairs officers have partnered with state and U.S. Forest Service public information officers to help release essential emergency information for Montana citizens throughout the state.
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