The Oregon Department of Forestry will receive a $7.8 million federal grant from FEMA to help offset the costs of the 2015 Stouts Creek Fire.
The Stouts Creek Fire spread over 26 thousand acres and threatened hundreds of residences in Douglas County. Jim Gersbach with the ODF says not all firefighting efforts can be federally reimbursed, but the severity and costliness of the Stouts Creek Fire made it an exception.
“The fire was large enough and significant enough and because of the threats it posed to homes the Federal Government recognized it as a federal fire that was potential for organizations that are firefighting organizations to seek reimbursements for the costs of fighting that fire,” says Gersbach.
Many years there are no fires in Oregon that require federal reimbursement, though the 2015 season stood out with a total of six eligible for FEMA funds.