State Receives Fire Management Assistant Grant to Assist with Oil Well Fire


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Mari N. St. Martin
Communications Director
(775) 684-5670
CARSON CITY, NV - July 19, 2017

Governor Brian Sandoval, Monday night, submitted a request for assistance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regional Director from the Fire Management Assistance Grant Program (FMAG) following the devastation of the Oil Well Fire that continues to threaten Eastern Nevada. Tuesday morning, the State of Nevada received notice from FEMA that the FMAG request had been authorized and would provide a 75 percent federal cost share.

“Earlier this week, Nevada families in Kittridge Canyon and Ocino were evacuated from their homes and I’ve received a report that at least a dozen primary structures and several vehicles in the White Rock area were destroyed or damaged by the Oil Well Fire. My prayers are with the families in Elko County who experienced this unthinkable devastation last night and my sincere gratitude goes out to all of the first responders and firefighters battling the intense fires we’re witnessing across the state” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “Yesterday I spoke with Elko County Commission Chairman Demar Dahl to offer state assistance and inform him of the FMAG request. I am grateful that FEMA quickly responded to and approved the state’s request which helps ensure that our significant mobilization efforts may be partially reimbursed by the federal government. This fire season, Nevada has experienced more than hundreds of thousands of acres in fire damage. I would like to remind all Nevadans and visitors to stay alert and safe during this time of increased fire danger.”

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