FEMA to pay 75% of Marshall Fire costs

BOULDER COUNTY, Colorado (KDVR) – FEMA authorized funding to help fight the Marshall Fire, which within hours became the most destructive blaze in Colorado history.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency authorized funding through a Federal Fire Management Assistance Grant. This makes FEMA money available to pay for 75% of the state’s firefighting costs.

Grant money can be used for:

  • field camps
  • equipment use
  • repair and replacement
  • mobilization and demobilization activities
  • tools, materials and supplies

The grants are provided by the Presidential Disaster Relief Fund and are available “to help fight fires that threaten to cause a major disaster,” according to FEMA.

FEMA interim regional administrator Tammy Littrell authorized the funding late Thursday afternoon as the blaze destroyed more than 100 homes and threatened more than 1,000.

Soon after, officials said the blaze burned more than 580 homes, making it the most destructive blaze in Colorado history in terms of lost homes. That number has now increased, although it is not known by how much.

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