FEMA Authorizes Funds for Waldo Canyon and Weber Fires

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Waldo Canyon Fire in El Paso County and the Weber Fire in Montezuma County.

The Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) Program provides a 75% federal cost-share reimbursement to Grantees for actual costs.  

Eligible Costs Include:

  • Costs for equipment and supplies (less insurance proceeds);
  • Costs for emergency work (evacuations and sheltering, police barricading and traffic control, arson investigation.
  • Costs for State emergency operations center (when used as a Unified Command Center.
  • Costs for the pre-positioning of Federal, out-of-State, and international resources for up to 21 days.
  • Cost of personal comfort and safety items for firefighter health and safety.
  • Costs for field camps and meals in lieu of per diem.
  • Costs for mobilization and demobilization costs.
  • Costs for the temporary repair of damage cause by firefighting activities.
  • Costs for the mitigation, management, and control of declared fires burning on co-mingles Federal land, when such costs are not reimbursable by another Federal agency.

FEMA Press Release for FMAG: Waldo Canyon and Weber Fires