SEATTLE, Wash -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Douglas Fire Complex burning in Douglas County, Oregon.
FEMA Region X Administrator Kenneth D. Murphy approved the state’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) on July 28, 2013 at 11:40 PM PDT.
The fire started on July 26, 2013 and has burned approximately 10,000 acres of federal and private land. At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 325 primary homes in the town of Glendale, OR. Approximately 60 people had evacuated the area. The fire was also threatening a major communications tower and the Central Oregon Pacific Railroad. Firefighting resources committed to this incident include 5 air tankers, 8 helicopters, 25 hand crews, 50 engines and a Type 2 Incident Management Team. There are at least 5 other large fires burning uncontrolled within the State.
The authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of Oregon eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling designated fires. These grants provide reimbursement for firefighting and life-saving efforts. They do not provide assistance to individuals, homeowners 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.
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