FEMA authorizes federal funds for Ramsey Canyon fire

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Ramsey Canyon Fire in Jackson County.

Posted: Aug 24, 2018 11:56 PM

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. (KEZI)-- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Ramsey Canyon Fire in Jackson County.

    FEMA Region 10 Administrator Mike O’Hare determined that the fire could be major disaster. He approved the state of Oregon’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) on Friday.

   The fire started Wednesday and had burned more than 1,300 acres of federal and private land and is 14 percent contained. The fire is threatening homes in and around the communities of Ramsey Canyon, Meadows and Evans Creek. Mandatory and voluntary evacuations were issued for those in the area.

    The money can be used for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; mobilization and demobilization activities; and tools, materials and supplies.

    In addition to reimbursement funding for fighting the fire, $566,667 in assistance will be available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). 

    FEMA encourages Post-Fire funds be used for the mitigation of wildfire and related hazards, such as flood or erosion. 

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