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FEMA authorizes federal funds to help battle NC wildfires

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FEMA will assist with firefighting costs at the Chestnut Knob Fire in Burke Co. NC. (Source: Chestnut Knob Fire Facebook) FEMA will assist with firefighting costs at the Chestnut Knob Fire in Burke Co. NC. (Source: Chestnut Knob Fire Facebook)
MORGANTON, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Sunday that FEMA has authorized federal funds to reimburse costs to North Carolina to battle the Chestnut Knob Fire burning in Burke County.

According to the release, the authorization makes FEMA grant funding available to reimburse up 75% of firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire. Eligible expenses include labor, equipment, supplies used for fighting the fire and costs for emergency work like evacuations, sheltering, police barricading and traffic control.

“FEMA has approved this grant to ensure that firefighters in North Carolina have the needed resources and personnel to battle this fire,” said FEMA Regional Administrator Gracia Szczech.

The release read as follows:

The state requested a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG), and it was granted in the late evening of November 19, 2016. The fire started on November 6, and at the time of the request, had burned more than 6,424 acres of state and private land. The fire was threatening 400 homes in and around the communities of Morgantown, Pleasant Grove, Enola and Lake Lure. In addition, the fire was threatening the local infrastructure of 16 commercial buildings, roads and bridges, power supply stations, Burke County 911 complex/tower, flood control, fishing and spawning sites, wildlife, natural resources and the watersheds in the area.

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