+FEMA Authorizes FMAG For Chelan Hills Fire. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Chelan Hills Fire burning in Douglas County, Washington.
FEMA Authorizes FMAG For Chelan Hills Fire.
The fire started on July 27, 2018, and at the time of the request had burned in excess of 1,200 acres of federal, state and private land. There were three other large fires burning uncontrolled within the State. The Chelan Hills Fire was threatening homes, local infrastructure, environmental resources and facilities in and around the communities of Chelan Hills and McNeil Canyon. Mandatory evacuations were issued.
FEMA Region 10 Administrator Mike O’Hare determined that the fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. He approved the state of Washington’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) at 12:17 a.m. PDT on Saturday, July 28.
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 items 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 Chelan Hills Fire, under the FMAG declaration the state of Washington will be eligible for an additional $566,667 in assistance through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 authorized FEMA to provide 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.
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