OAKLAND, Calif. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help the state of Arizona fight the Water Wheel fire in Gila County with the approval of a Fire Management Assistant Grant (FMAG).
The authorization makes FEMA funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs under the approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire.
At the time the FMAG was approved, the fire had burned more than 733 Acres and was zero percent contained. Five hundred residences are currently threatened and 700 people are under mandatory evacuation. Sixty five people have been sheltered.
"FEMA is here to make sure that Arizona has the resources needed to fight this fire, and that the federal government will remain with the state every step of the way," said FEMA Region IX Administrator Nancy Ward.
The President's Disaster Relief Fund provides funding for federal fire management grants made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. Eligible firefighting costs, covered by the grant, must meet a minimum threshold for costs before delivery of assistance. Eligible costs covered by the aid can include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; tools, materials and supplies; and mobilization and demobilization activities.
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.