October 17, 2020

Congressman Neguse Announces FEMA Funds to Fight Calwood Fire

Washington D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse announced FEMA has authorized federal funds to help fight Boulder County’s Calwood fire which has grown to over 3,000 acres near Jamestown. The fire grew rapidly today, threatening 500 homes, 750 other buildings and has mandatory evacuations in place for approximately 1,000 people. 

Colorado will receive federal funds through a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) after submitting a request to FEMA. FMAGs are available to state and local governments for the mitigation, management and control of fires on publicly or privately owned forests which threaten such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. This authorization of funding ensures FEMA is able to pay 75 percent of the state’s eligible firefighting costs and also provides additional funding through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for post fire mitigation or wildfire related hazards, such as flooding.  

“As our state continues to experience these devastating wildfires, it is critical that the federal government provide critical assistance when additional funding and resources are needed,” said Neguse. “I am relieved to see this funding come through and I know it will bring much needed relief to our state and will support those on the ground with the necessary resources. And I thank all of the brave firefighters who are out there every single day to protect our state from these catastrophic wildfires.” 

For more information on FMAGs, visit https://www.fema.gov/fire-management-assistance-grants-program-details