DENVER, Colo. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the New Castle Fire. The fire is located seven miles west of Glenwood Springs, Colo. in the Canyon Creek drainage area.
FEMA Director David Paulison approved Colorado's request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) shortly after 12 p.m., immediately after confirming that the 400-acre fire was threatening approximately 400 homes. The fire was burning in steep and difficult terrain north of I-70.
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.