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Fire Management Assistance Grants

Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) Program is available to states, local and tribal governments, for the mitigation, management, and control of fires on publicly or privately owned forests or grasslands, which threaten such destruction as would constitute a major disaster.

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Fire Management Assistance Grants Program and Policy Guide

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Fire Management Assistance Grant Program and Policy Guide

This publication describes the FMAG program’s basic provisions, application procedures, and other related program guidance.

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The Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) Program provides a 75 percent federal cost share and the state pays the remaining 25 percent for actual costs.

Declaration Process

The Fire Management Assistance declaration process is initiated when a state submits a request for assistance to the FEMA Regional Director at the time a "threat of major disaster" exists. The entire process is accomplished on an expedited basis and a FEMA decision is rendered in a matter of hours.

Before a grant can be awarded, a state must demonstrate that total eligible costs for the declared fire meet or exceed either the individual fire cost threshold -- which is applies to single fires, or the cumulative fire cost threshold, which recognizes numerous smaller fires burning throughout a state.

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Eligible Types of Work

Eligible firefighting costs may include expenses for:

  • Field camps
  • Repair and replacement Tools
  • Mobilization and demobilization activities
  • Equipment use
  • Materials and supplies

Get Started

Access the key forms and guidance that govern the program, including declaration request forms and policy guides.

Before a grant can be awarded, a state must demonstrate that total eligible costs for the declared fire meet or exceed the fire cost thresholds. View the annual individual and cumulative fire cost threshold numbers.

The IS-1027 course provides an overview of Fire Management Assistance Grant eligibility, including criteria, steps and sequencing of key activities needed to apply.

FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) has Post Fire assistance available to help communities implement hazard mitigation measures after wildfire disasters.

Active Fire Management Assistance Declarations

Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) Program is available to states, local and tribal governments, for the mitigation, management, and control of fires on publicly or privately owned forests or grasslands, which threaten such destruction as would constitute a major disaster.