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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is pleased to announce additional fire management assistance to help control major wild land fires burning in Wyoming.

The Fire Management Assistance Grant Program (FMAGP), through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is available to help mitigate, manage and control fires burning on publicly or privately owned forest or grasslands which threaten to cause enough destruction to constitute a major disaster. Albany County received a FMAGP grant on July 1.

"Our firefighting crews are working hard to control the fires that are already burning and to stay on top of new ones," said Enzi. "With the extremely dry weather conditions in Wyoming, it's good to know that there are additional resources available to our fire crews to help them do their job safely and effectively."

FMAGP grant requests may be submitted by the Governor or Native American tribal governments and will be evaluated based on the threat of a fire to lives and property, the availability of state and local firefighting resources, high fire conditions as indicated by the National Fire Danger Ratings System and the potential major economic impact of the fire.

Eligible costs covered by the grants include, among others, the costs for equipment and supplies, emergency work, personal comfort and safety items for firefighter health and safety, and mobilization and demobilization costs.

Grant applications must demonstrate that the total eligible costs for the declared fire either meet or exceed the individual fire cost threshold of $100,000, applied to every fire, or the cumulative fire cost threshold of $500,000, which recognizes numerous smaller fires burning throughout the state.

For more information on FAMGP grants please contact Tom Osterman with the State Forestry at 307-777-7586.