DENVER, Colo. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) tonight authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Mill Flat Fire. The fire is located in Washington County, near New Harmony, Utah.
FEMA approved Utah's request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) at 12:32 a.m. (MST), after receiving the state's request confirming that the fire had burned 4,000-5,000 acres of federal, state and private land and threatened 550 homes and 58 commercial properties, forcing 150 to evacuate. At the time of the request, the fire was zero percent contained.
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. These grants do not provide assistance to individual home or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage caused by 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.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.