BOTHELL, Wash. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Mile Post 97 Fire in Oregon’s Douglas County.
FEMA Region 10 Acting Deputy Administrator Vince Maykovich determined that the fire threatened to cause such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. He approved the state of Oregon’s request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) at 8:43 p.m. PDT on Saturday.
The fire started on July 24 and had burned a total of 8,878 acres of federal, state, and tribal land at the time of the state’s request. The fire was five percent contained and was threatening homes in and around the communities of Azalea, Canyonville, and the Glendale Road Subdivision. Level I and II evacuations were issued for residents 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 costs 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 fire, $605,909 in assistance will be available to Oregon. The Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 authorizes FEMA to provide Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (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.