Three large Montana wildfires have been approved to receive disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
FEMA will be releasing federal funds to help fight the Alice Creek Fire in Lewis & Clark County, the Rice Ridge Fire in Missoula and Powell Counties, and the West Fork Fire in Lincoln County.
As of Sunday, September 10th, the Alice Creek Fire has burned an estimated 27,231 acres; the Rice Ridge Fire has burned about 132,732 acres; and the West Fork Fire has burned more than 9,900 acres.
A press release from the office of U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) says that these resources come in the form of a Fire Management Assistance Grant and makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state’s eligible firefighting costs.
Fire Management Assistance Grants can assist with expenses for field camps, equipment, mobilization and demobilization activities, tools, materials, and supplies. These grants do not provide assistance to individual home or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fire.
Tester also said that that 30 Montana farmers and ranchers who lost agriculture land in wildfires would be receiving $2.5 million to help rebuild their operations.
This funding comes from U.S. Department of Agriculture's Environmental Quality Incentive Program, which can assist with livestock grazing deferment, damaged fence and post removal, livestock fencing, water facility development, critical area plantings, and cover crops.