FEMA Firefighting Funds Backed to Fight Nev. Fire

August 26, 2004

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized firefighting funds to help Nevada fight the Andrew Fire soon after it began. The fire is located between Carson City and Reno.

Michael Brown, under secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, approved the request for federal fire management assistance for the Andrew fire at 4 p.m. PDT on Wednesday. The request was made by the state at 2:10 p.m. PDT.

At the time the FEMA money was approved, the fire had burned more than 1,000 acres and a few residences. The fire was reportedly threatening hundreds of homes in the town of Pleasant Valley. An estimated 300 people had been evacuated.

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