The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency authorized federal funds to reimburse costs to Florida to fight a Lehigh Acres fire in Lee County.
This authorization makes FEMA grant funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling the fires. Eligible costs can include labor, equipment and supplies used for fighting the fire and costs for emergency work such as evacuations and sheltering, police barricading and traffic control.
“This funding allows Florida to fight these fires and save lives, structures and property,” said FEMA Regional Administrator Gracia Szczech. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families who’ve been affected.”
The fire threatens approximately 2,000 residences in and around the subdivision of Lehigh Acres. The fire is also threatening buildings, businesses, infrastructure and utilities in the area.
Federal fire management assistance grants are provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund and made available by FEMA to reimburse costs associated with fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. Eligible state firefighting costs covered by the aid must first meet a minimum threshold for costs before assistance is provided.