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femaATLANTA, Ga.– The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the addition of Henderson County to North Carolina’s already-approved Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG). The FMAG has been amended to provide federal funds to reimburse costs to North Carolina to fight the Party Rock Fire burning in Rutherford, Buncombe and now Henderson counties.

This authorization makes FEMA grant funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire. 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.

On November 17, 2016, the state requested Henderson County be added to the current FMAG, and FEMA approved the request the same evening. The original FMAG was requested by the state and approved by FEMA on November 11, 2016.