Oakland, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of Nevada in combatting the Long Valley Fire burning in Washoe County.
On August 24, 2019, the State of Nevada submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) for the Long Valley Fire. At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 250-300 homes in and around Rancho Haven, Nevada, with 100 percent of the homes serving as primary residences. The fire was also threatening five buildings, infrastructure, utilities, equipment, farms, ranches, and a watershed in the area. Winds were blowing the fire east in the direction toward the threatened homes, which triggered mandatory evacuations for approximately 800 people.
The fire started on August 24, 2019 and had burned in excess of 1,000 acres of federal, state, and private land. Currently, there is one other large fire burning uncontrolled within the state.
The FEMA Region IX regional administrator determined that the Long Valley Fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. The state’s request was approved on August 24, 2019 at 1956 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.