Oakland, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of Arizona to combat the Museum Fire burning in Coconino County.
On July 22, 2019, the State of Arizona submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Declaration for the Museum Fire. At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 3,600 homes in and around Flagstaff, Arizona, with 90 percent of the homes threatened as primary residences and 10 percent as secondary residences. The fire was also threatening 180 businesses, the Flagstaff water plant, and multiple fire stations and municipal buildings.
The fire started on July 21, 2019 and has burned in excess of 1,500 acres of state and private land. Currently, there are an additional 12 large fires burning uncontrolled within the state.
The FEMA Region IX regional administrator has determined that the Museum Fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. The state’s request was approved on July 22, 2019 at 2122 EDT.
Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAGs) provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides funding for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause major disasters. Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire.