FEMA Backs Funds to Fight Nev. Fire

August 24, 2005

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help Nevada fight the Vor-McCarty fire burning near Elko, in the northeastern part of the state.

Michael Brown, under secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Re-sponse, said the state’s request for federal fire management assistance was approved after it was confirmed that the fire had threatened the Upper Ten Mile subdivision. The fire, which started Mon-day, Aug. 22, had consumed more than 500 acres at the time of the grant request, 8:45 p.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 22. The request was approved at 9:53 p.m. EDT.

“This declaration is the first step towards enabling the state and local governments to apply for fi-nancial help,” said Brown. “We are committed to getting our firefighters the funds they need to ex-tinguish dangerous fires that threaten lives and property.”

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.

Federal fire management assistance is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund and made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. Eligible state firefighting costs covered by the aid must first meet a minimum threshold for costs before assistance is provided.

Eligible costs covered by the aid can include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; tools, materials and supplies; and mobilization and demobilization activities.

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