FEMA Approves federal funding assistance to fight fire

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday it has authorized federal funds to help local and state firefighters battle the San Bruno fire.

The authorization allows FEMA to reimburse 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs, including for equipment and supplies, evacuations and sheltering, police barricades and traffic control, FEMA said in a statement.

The remaining 25 percent would be paid by individual jurisdictions and the state.

The authorization was approved late Thursday night, according to FEMA spokesman John Hamill.

“Our hearts go out to the residents of San Bruno in the wake of this horrific fire,” said Nancy Ward, FEMA regional administrator, in a statement.

“I want to assure them and our local and state partners that FEMA is here to make sure that California has the resources needed to fight this fire, and that the federal government will remain with the state every step of the way,” Ward said.

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