FEMA Funding Made Available to Help Nevada Fight Indian Creek Fire

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help the state of Nevada fight the Indian Creek Fire in Elko County.

The authorization makes FEMA funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire.

Following a request from the state of Nevada, FEMA approved a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) within hours. At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 150 homes and three hunting lodges in and around Tuscarora, Nevada. No structures were reported lost at the time of the request.

Mandatory evacuations have occurred for approximately 850 people. The fire started on September 30 2011, and has burned in excess of 75,000 acres of State and private land.

"With this wildfire threatening neighborhoods, our commitment to the people of Elko County is strong," said FEMA Region IX Administrator Nancy Ward. "FEMA will continue to support our state and local partners during this time of uncertainty."

The President's Disaster Relief Fund provides funding for federal fire management grants made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. Eligible firefighting costs, covered by the grant, must meet a minimum threshold for costs before delivery of assistance. 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.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.