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Federal Fire Aid Approved for Texas

by: Emergency Information Media Affairs

WASHINGTON May 18, 1998 -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has made federal firefighting funds available for Texas to help battle the Cibolo Creek blaze located in Presidio County.

According to the agency, the state's request for federal fire suppression aid was approved last Friday evening, May 15, immediately after it was reported that the fire posed a threat to 14 residences on six ranches. The fire, which started May 13, had burned an estimated 58,000 acres of land at the time of the request.

Under the authorization, FEMA will pay 70 percent of the state's eligible firefighting costs that are above $251,913. The figure, called a floor cost, is derived through a formula based on the state's five-year annual average cost for fighting fires.

Federal fire suppression aid is provided through the President's Disaster Relief Fund and made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires when they threaten to cause a major disaster.

Eligible state firefighting 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.


Information Available 24 hours a day . . . on the World Wide Web: http://www.fema.gov

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