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FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Avondale Fire

Release date: 
June 29, 2020
Release Number: 
RIX-NR-20-19

OAKLAND, Calif. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of Arizona in combating the Avondale Fire burning in Maricopa County.

On June 27, 2020, the State of Arizona submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) for the Avondale Fire. At the time of the request, the fire threatened approximately 150 homes in and around Avondale, AZ, with mandatory evacuations in place for all 150 residences.

The FEMA regional administrator approved the state’s request on June 27, 2020, as the fire threatened to become a major incident.

FMAGs provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides allowances 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.

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Last Updated: 
June 29, 2020 - 10:34