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July 30, 2013
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SEATTLE, Wash -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Colockum Tarps Fire burning in Chelan and Kittitas Counties, Washington.  

FEMA Region X Administrator Kenneth D. Murphy approved the state’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) on July 29, 2013 at 9:31 PM PDT. 

The fire started on July 27, 2013 and has burned approximately 31,000 acres of state and private land. At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 270 homes, 90 percent primary, near the towns of Malaga and Kittitas.  Approximately 120 people had evacuated the area.  The fire was also threatening a major power transmission lines, major gas transmission line and a wind turbine power generating facility.  Firefighting resources committed to this incident include 7 helicopters, 3 hand crews, 59 engines and 4 dozers, with more crews and aviation resources ordered. There are at least 51 other large fires burning uncontrolled within the State.

The authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of Washington 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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July 30, 2013 - 13:00
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