BOTHELL, Wash. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Angel Springs Fire burning in Lincoln County, Washington.
FEMA Region 10 Administrator Mike O’Hare determined that the fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. He approved the state of Washington’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) at 2:07 p.m. PDT on Saturday, Aug. 4.
The fire started on Aug. 2 and had burned in excess of 4,500 acres of state and private land at the time of the state’s Aug. 4 request. The fire was 0 percent contained and was threatening homes in and around the communities of Mill Canyon, Bald Ridge, Bull Run, Little Falls Dam, Breezy Bay, Walleye Way and Moccasin Bay. The fire also threatened several large utilities in the area, as well as major infrastructure, including the Little Falls Dam and Little Falls Reservoir. Mandatory and voluntary evacuations were issued for about 400 people near the affected communities.
FMAGs are provided through the President's Disaster Relief Fund and are 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.
In addition to reimbursement funding for fighting the Angel Springs Fire, the state of Washington will be eligible for an additional $566,667 in assistance through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 authorized FEMA to provide HMGP Post-Fire funds to eligible states and territories that receive Fire Management Assistance declarations and federally recognized tribes that have land burned within a declared area.
FEMA encourages HMGP Post-Fire funds be used for the mitigation of wildfire and related hazards, such as flood or erosion. However, HMGP is available for risk reduction of any hazard.
FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.