FEMA authorizes funds to help fight Dollar Ridge Fire

A new fire as blazed up southeast of Strawberry Reservoir and is aggressively burning national forest land (Photo: Kama Lucero)

(KUTV) - Federal funds will now be used to help officials pay for the costs of fighting the Dollar Ridge Fire.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) authorized this transaction on Tuesday.

Nancy Dragani, the FEMA Regional VIII Acting Administrator, approved the state's request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) after receiving it on Monday afternoon.

On Monday, 100 home were immediately threatened, according to a news release. Both voluntary and mandatory evacuations have occurred for 200-300 people. The fire was also threatening gas and oil wells and the Strawberry River Watershed. Zero percent was contained and it had reached 19,000 acres.

This authorization by Dragani makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state's eligible firefights costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling designated fires, according to a news release. These grants, however, are only to help the fire crews fight the flames. The money can not be used to help community members who are impacted by the fire.

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