Florida receives FEMA funds to fight fires in Golden Gate Estates

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— The State of Florida has received a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), allowing the use of federal funds to reimburse response costs to fight the Slope Wildfire in Collier County, which has grown to more than 1,700 acres and is threatening homes in Golden Gate Estates.

“We are very grateful for the rapid response from FEMA to our request for assistance,” said Bryan W. Koon, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “This Fire Management Assistance Grant will ensure that local and state responders have the resources they need to fight this wildfire and to help save homes and property.”

State emergency and Division of Forestry officials requested the Fire Management Assistance Grant for Collier County late Wednesday afternoon and the request was granted early Thursday morning.

Federal fire management assistance covers 75 percent of eligible fire response costs such as field camps, equipment use; tools, materials and supplies; additional personnel, aircraft utilization, as well mobilization and demobilization activities.

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