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Feds Help State Pay for Resources on Lizard Fire

Sedona AZ  (June 14, 2017) – It’s wildfire season and everyday fire crews are called to a new start somewhere throughout the state. Regardless of size, the amount it costs to fight these fires adds up.

Arizona has already incurred a multi-million-dollar tab to battle wildfires this year and the cost to suppress the Lizard Fire is adding to that bill. To help ease some of the burden, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management asked FEMA for assistance with some of the state’s expenses that continue to rack up on the Lizard Fire.

And recently, Trump administration FEMA approved a Fire Management Assistance Grant, or FMAG, to help cover a portion of DFFM’s costs.

While most of the 15,000-acre Lizard Fire is burning on the Coronado National Forest, a small percentage of it is moving through state-managed lands. Regardless of the fire’s location, DFFM committed a significant amount of resources to the high-priority fire.

“It doesn’t matter if the fire was burning on state lands or not, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management would still lend a hand to the Coronado National Forest, just as we would any other local or federal agency dealing with a wildfire. It takes a cooperative effort to suppress a wildfire, regardless of jurisdiction,” said State Forester Jeff Whitney.

The FMAG covers 75% of the state’s costs which are unknown at this point. The funding is only good for the requested incident and only for a specific time frame.

 

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  1. Payson Highline Fire Shelter Opened says:

    Tonight the American Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter will be opening a Shelter in Payson is support of the Highline Fire. 

    The Red Cross is working in coordination with Emergency Managers in Gila County as well as the Norther Arizona Chapter of the Red Cross. Volunteers will set up and staff the Shelter as long as there is a need. 
     
    The Red Cross Shelter will be located in the gymnasium  at the Payson High School, 301 South McLane, Payson, AZ 85541 on the South side of the campus.
     
    The Red Cross would like to remind everyone to download the Red Cross Wildfire app on their personal device. The Wildfire app provides real-time and preparedness information, what to do during a fire, Shelter locations and comprehensive checklists.

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

    For more information, visit redcross.org or visit Twitter at @RedCross.

  2. Colin Williams/Payson Fire Update says:

    Today the American Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter will be closing the Shelter in Payson.  

    The Red Cross is working in coordination with Emergency Managers in Gila County as well as the Type 1 Incident Management Team. Volunteers set up and staffed the shelter at the Payson High School in support of those affected by the Highline Fire. The Red Cross would like to remind everyone to download the Red Cross Emergency app on their personal device. The Emergency app provides real-time and preparedness information, what to do during a fire and other disaster safety information.
     
    Colin Williams

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