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Feds OK funds to help fight blaze

DENVER ” With homes being threatened by the New Castle Fire near Glenwood Springs, federal funds were made available Tuesday to help with the cost of fighting the wildfire.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday authorized the use of federal dollars to help cover firefighting costs.

The fire is located seven miles west of Glenwood Springs, Colo. in the Canyon Creek drainage area.

FEMA Director David Paulison approved Colorado’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant after confirming that the 400-acre fire was threatening approximately 400 homes. The fire was burning in steep and difficult terrain north of I-70.

The authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state’s eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling designated fires.

Fire Management Assistance Grants are provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund and made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster.

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