DENVER, Colo. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Little Goose Fire burning near West Bighorn, Wyo.
FEMA approved Wyoming's request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) Sunday at 7 p.m. MDT, within a few hours of receiving the state's request. At the time of the state's request the 1,800-acre fire was burning uncontained and threatening 110 homes. The fire was also threatening a major communications tower within two miles of the fire.
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. These grants do not provide assistance to individual home or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fire.
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.