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August 6, 2012

FEMA approves fire management assistance grants for fires including Glencoe

— The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved requests from the state of Oklahoma for Fire Management Assistance Grants for fires burning in multiple counties including Payne.

This includes the Drumright Fire burning in Payne and Creek counties; the Glencoe Fire in Payne County; the Noble Fire in Cleveland County; the Freedom Fire in Creek County; and the Luther fire in Oklahoma County.

"These fires can be so devastating to communities, and we are committed to supporting our state and local partners during this time," said FEMA Region 6 Acting Administrator Tony Robinson. "These grants will assist in the efforts to protect life and property."

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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