DENVER – On Saturday, June 5, 2021, FEMA authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Mammoth Fire burning in Garfield County, Utah near the town of Panguitch.
FEMA Acting Regional Administrator Nancy Dragani approved the state’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) after receiving the request on Saturday and determining that the fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster.
At the time of the request, the Mammoth Fire was threatening 280 homes in and around Panguitch, Utah and had burned in excess of 1000 acres of federal land as it was moving into state and private land. The fire was also threatening several buildings, infrastructure, utilities, equipment, and the Severe River watershed in the area.
The authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state’s eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling designated fires. These grants do not provide assistance to individual home or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fire.
Fire Management Assistance Grants 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 items can include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; mobilization and demobilization activities; and tools, materials and supplies.
With the FMAG authorization, additional funding is made available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Post Fire for the mitigation of wildfire and related hazards, such as flood after fire or erosion. Some eligible wildfire project types include defensible space measures, ignition-resistant construction, and hazardous fuels reduction.
For more information on FMAGs, visit https://www.fema.gov/fire-management-assistance-grants-program-details. For HMGP Post Fire, visit https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program-post-fire.