SEATTLE — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Canyon Creek Complex Fire.
FEMA Region X Regional Administrator Kenneth D. Murphy determined that the fire constituted a major disaster. Murphy approved Oregon’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant Aug. 14.
At the time, the fire was threatening 300 homes around John Day and Canyon City. Approximately 95 percent of the threatened homes are primary residences. The fire also threatened historic buildings, City Hall, the courthouse, post office, library and other facilities. Mandatory and voluntary evacuations orders were issued for over 200 people. The fire was 0 percent contained.
The authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of Oregon’s eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling designated fires. It does not provide assistance to individuals, homeowners or business owners and doesn’t cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fire.
The grant is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund and made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. Eligible items can include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; mobilization and demobilization activities; and tools, materials and supplies.