December 30, 2021

Congressman Neguse Announces FEMA Funds to Fight Marshall Fire

Boulder, CO— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse welcomed FEMA’s swift authorization for federal funding to help fight the Marshall Fire in Boulder County. After receiving a request for support late this afternoon, FEMA has authorized a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG). 

“Today’s events in Boulder County are devastating, with hundreds of homes lost and thousands of acres burned. At this consequential moment, it is critical our federal partners bring the full force of their support to equip our families and our communities.” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “I am incredibly grateful to FEMA for working swiftly to authorize a Fire Management Assistance Grant for our community. We will continue to work with local, state and federal officials to bring Boulder County the support needed to recover from this historic damage.” 

The authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state’s eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling designated fires. Congressman Neguse is the sponsor of legislation, the Wildfire Recovery Act, which would raise the federal cost share on Fire Management Assistance Grants, so state and local governments would be responsible for a smaller share. 

Fire Management Assistance Grants are provided through the President's Disaster Relief Fund and are made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. Eligible items can include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; mobilization and demobilization activities; and tools, materials and supplies.

With the FMAG authorization, additional funding is made available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Post Fire for the mitigation of wildfire and related hazards, such as flood after fire or erosion. Some eligible wildfire project types include defensible space measures, ignition-resistant construction, and hazardous fuels reduction.

For more information on FMAGs, visit  https://www.fema.gov/fire-management-assistance-grants-program-details. For HMGP Post Fire, visit https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program-post-fire.