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FEMA assistance secured for Bridger Foothills Fire

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Posted at 5:06 PM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-05 19:06:00-04

Gov. Steve Bullock announced in a press release Montana has secured funds from FEMA to help with costs from fighting the Bridger Foothills Fire.

The assistance will come from a Federal Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) and makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state’s eligible firefighting costs.

According to the press release, "eligible costs include materials and supplies, mobilization and demobilization, equipment use, and expenses for field camps."

The release said each FMAG is eligible for over $450,000 in federal mitigation funding.

“I appreciate FEMA’s quick response to providing this assistance and to the firefighters working diligently to keep the community of Bozeman safe,” said Governor Bullock. “We ask that Montanans continue to stay safe, stay informed, and take every precaution to prevent a wildfire – especially with the potential for critical fire weather conditions.”

The Bridger Foothills Fire started on September 4 and has burned more than 475 acres and threatens more than 250 homes around Bozeman.