FEMA Approves Funding To Fight Golden Fire

FEMA has approved funding to fight the Golden Fire in southern Oregon.

The 2,500 acre fire is threatening homes near Bly Mountain, Beatty, Bonanza, and Dairy.

It's also a risk for Highway 140 and BPA transmission lines. Fiber optic communication lines in the area have been damaged.

The fire is burning in timber with some torching that's creating spot fires. 141 personnel are working the fire that's at zero percent containment.

In addition to the firefighting funds authorized under this FMAG, another $918,774 will be available to Oregon through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Post Fire for the mitigation of future wildfires 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. The Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 authorizes FEMA to provide HMGP Post-Fire funds to eligible states and territories that receive Fire Management Assistance declarations and federally recognized tribes that have land burned within a designated area.  

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