Oakland, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of Nevada in combatting the Canyon Fire burning in Douglas County.
On August 21, 2019, the State of Nevada submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) for the Canyon Fire. At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 446 homes in and around Topaz Ranch Estates, Nevada, with 100 percent of the homes threatened as primary residences. The fire was also threatening 10 businesses, a fire station, the utilities district facility, and power transmission lines serving Topaz Ranch Estates, Smith Valley, and Wellington, serving a combined population of 3,500. A shift in wind direction and speed was expected to blow the fire in the direction of Topaz Ranch Estates. Voluntary evacuations were underway for approximately 1,500 people.
The fire started on August 21, 2019 and had burned in excess of 700 acres of federal, state, and private land. Currently, there are no other large fires burning uncontrolled within the state.
The FEMA Region IX regional administrator determined that the Canyon Fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. The state’s request was approved on August 21, 2019 at 1937 PDT.
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.