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Ware County Receives Fire Management Assistance from FEMA

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Ware County Receives Fire Management Assistance From FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted the State of Georgia's request for fire management assistance for the Sweat Farm Road Fire burning in Ware County. The Sweat Farm Road fire is one of five burning in southeastern Georgia.

"My staff is on the ground in Waycross attending meetings with local and state officials to assure that Ware County is getting all the help they need," Congressman Kingston said. "Our office has also donated supplies to the firefighters who are working hard to contain this fire. I'd like to encourage businesses and individuals to do the same if they haven't already. You can drop off donations at the Ware County High School."

The fire has already burned 12,000 acres of Federal, State and private land and threatened approximately 800 homes in and around the City of Waycross. Several homes have burned and a school, railroad terminal, hospital and highway have also been impacted. Mandatory evacuations are underway for approximately 2,100 individuals.

The State also submitted a request for fire management assistance declaration for the Kneeknocker Swamp Fire that is burning in Brantley County, but that request was denied. The fire has burned 2000 acres of State and private land and threatened 42 homes in and around the city of Nahunta. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for 113 individuals. The State may appeal or resubmit if the fire there escalates.

Under the Fire Management Assistance Grant Program, eligible costs include:

Ø Costs for equipment and supplies (less insurance proceeds);

Ø Costs for emergency work (evacuations and sheltering, police barricading and traffic control, arson investigation);

Ø Costs for State emergency operations center (when used as a Unified Command Center);

Ø Costs for the pre-positioning of Federal, out-of State, and international resources for up to 21 days;

Ø Cost of personal comfort and safety items for firefighter health and safety;

Ø Costs for field camps and meals in lieu of per diem;

Ø Costs for mobilization and demobilization costs;

Ø Costs for the temporary repair of damage cause by firefighting activities;

Ø Costs for the mitigation, management, and control of declared fires burning on co-mingled Federal land, when such costs are not reimbursable by another Federal agency.


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