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 Reservoir Fire in Larimer County. The fire is burning west of Loveland.
FEMA approved Colorado’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) today at 5 p.m. MDT. At the time of the state’s request, the fire was threatening approximately 50 homes and continued to threaten more homes as the day progressed, forcing evacuations in the area.
This is the second FMAG approved for the State of Colorado in less than a week. FEMA approved a grant for the Four Mile Canyon wildfire on Monday, Sept. 6.
“We’re grateful for the efforts of all the fire fighters who are working to bring both the Reservoir and Four Mile Canyon fires under control,” said FEMA Region VIII Administrator Robin Finegan. “While we don’t send manpower or equipment to fight these fires directly, this grant will help ease the state’s financial burden in responding to both fires. Citizens can also do their part by following the instructions of local officials in their areas related to evacuations and other safety measures.”
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 and 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.