BOTHELL, Wash. — In a statement released on Tuesday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Hugo Road Fire burning north of Grants Pass.
"FEMA Region 10 Administrator Mike O’Hare determined that the fire threatened to cause such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. He approved the state of Oregon’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant," the statement said.
The grant from FEMA means that the federal government will "cost share" for 75 percent of firefighting costs, while the state of Oregon will remain responsible for 25 percent of actual costs.
Eligible expenses that FEMA would cover include field camps, equipment use, repair and replacement, tools and supplies, and mobilization or demobilization activities.
FEMA's statement said that the Hugo Road Fire had burned "in excess of 700 acres of private land" when the state requested support on Monday. The most recent reports from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) have the fire holding at 199 acres on Tuesday.
At that time on Monday, however, the fire was only 15 percent contained and threatened homes in the community of Hugo.
In addition to reimbursement funding for fighting the fire, $566,667 in assistance will be available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), according to FEMA. Those funds are meant to be used for "mitigation of wildfire and related hazards, such as flood or erosion."