The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared the Topaz Ranch Estates fire a major disaster. This decision makes the region eligible for assistance in the mitigation, management, and control of burning on publicly and privately owned land.
"I am grateful that FEMA quickly granted Governor Sandoval's request. FEMA's assistance is a welcome contribution in the continued efforts to fight this blaze. My staff and I are monitoring the situation and will assist in any way we can to help direct federal resources to the region. I am pleased this grant has been made available," said Senator Heller.
The state was approved for a Fire Management Assistance Grant, which allows for cost-sharing on eligible firefighting resources. FEMA evaluates threats to lives and property, availability of first responders and their resources, danger conditions, and economic impact when evaluating a major disaster.