DENVER, Colo. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Sunday morning authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Alabaugh Canyon Fire.
FEMA Director David Paulison approved South Dakota's request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) Sunday at 3:44 a.m. MDT, within hours of receiving the state's request. At the time of the state's request the fire was uncontained and had burned approximately 5,000 acres. According to the state's request, the fire had killed one person, injured two emergency fire personnel, and destroyed 20 homes. 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.
Fire Management Assistance Grants are provided through the President's Disaster Relief Fund and made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. Eligible items can include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; mobilization and demobilization activities; and tools, materials and supplies.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.