ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized federal funds to reimburse costs to Florida for 36th Avenue Fire in Collier County.
This authorization makes FEMA grant funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire. Eligible costs can include labor, equipment and supplies used for fighting the fire and costs for emergency work such as evacuations and sheltering, police barricading and traffic control.
“We moved quickly to provide this emergency assistance to reimburse the costs incurred to fight these fires that currently threaten people, homes and businesses,” said FEMA Regional Administrator Gracia Szczech.
The state requested a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) on Wednesday, May 13, and it was granted at 11:45 p.m. The fire threatens more than 1,560 residences and multiple roads and bridges, two recreational centers, several businesses, the local watershed, flood control, wildlife, environmental resources, and endangered species. At the time of the request, the fire had burned in excess of 2,500 acres of private land, and was zero percent contained.
Federal fire management assistance grants are provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund and made available by FEMA to reimburse costs associated with fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. Eligible state firefighting costs covered by the aid must first meet a minimum threshold for costs before assistance is provided.
Under the FMAG, Florida is eligible for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program-Post Fire grants. These grants help wildfire-impacted areas to reduce the threat of future wildfires and related hazards such as flood or erosion. Eligible project types may include defensible space measures, ignition-resistant construction, hazardous fuels reduction, erosion control measures, slope failure prevention measures, and flash flooding measures.
FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during and after disasters.