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July 31, 2012

FEMA approves grant after Stillwater fire

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a request from the state of Oklahoma for a Fire Management Assistance Grant to help fight the Fair Grounds Complex Fire in Payne County.

"We support our local and state officials in their efforts to combat this fire threat and keep people and property safe from harm," said FEMA Region 6 Acting Regional Administrator Tony Robinson.

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.

An authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of state and local government 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 reimburse local firefighting efforts for fires that threaten to cause a major disaster.

 

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