Wildfire updates: FEMA authorizes emergency funds as over 500 homes threatened by Ether Hollow Fire – KSL.com

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FEMA authorizes funds to help fight the Ether Hollow Fire

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the usage of federal funds to assist with firefighting costs for the Ether Hollow Fire, a press release from the Department of Homeland Security said Monday night.

Utah’s request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant was approved by FEMA Regional Administrator Lee dePalo after deciding “the fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster,” the release states.

Five hundred homes are currently threatened due to the blaze, and over 150 have been evacuated. Community centers, communication towers, irrigation and flood control resources, phone lines and a watershed have all been threatened.

The grant will allow FEMA to help cover up to 75% of costs incurred in firefighting efforts, including the creation of field camps, equipment usage and repairs, supplies, and repair and replacement. Funds do not aid individual property owners or community members in rebuilding.

— Katie Workman, KSL.com

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