On Sunday, three large Montana wildfires had been approved to receive disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Two other fires were approved for funding on Monday.
FEMA will release federal funds to help fight the Alice Creek Fire in Lewis and Clark County, the Rice Ridge Fire in Missoula and Powell Counties, the West Fork Fire in Lincoln County, the Highway 200 Complex Complex Fire in Sanders County and the Moose Peak Fire in Sanders and Lincoln Counties.
As of Monday, the Alice Creek Fire had burned an estimated 27,231 acres, the Rice Ridge Fire had burned 135,355 acres, the West Fork Fire had burned 13,372 acres, the Highway 200 Complex Fire had burned 22,990 acres and the Moose Peak Fire had burned 8,209 acres.
A press release from the office of Montana’s U.S. Senator Democrat Jon Tester said that the resources come in the form of a Fire Management Assistance Grant and makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state’s eligible firefighting costs.
Federal money has previously been allocated for the Lolo Peak Fire and the Lodgepole Complex Fire.
Fire Management Assistance Grants can assist with expenses for field camps, equipment, mobilization and demobilization activities, tools, materials and supplies. The grants do not provide assistance to individual home or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fire.
Tester also said that that 30 Montana farmers and ranchers who lost agriculture land in wildfires would be receiving $2.5 million to help rebuild their operations.
This funding comes from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Environmental Quality Incentive Program, which can assist with livestock grazing deferment, damaged fence and post removal, livestock fencing, water facility development, critical area plantings and cover crops.
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