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FEMA to help cover Welcome Fire costs

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for an 11,500-acre fire in South Dakota's Shannon County.

FEMA Regional Administrator Robin Finegan says the agency approved a fire management assistance grant, which covers 75 percent of the state's eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling the Welcome Fire.

At the time of the state's request, the fire was threatening 175 homes and businesses and seven communities on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for 1,600 people and one shelter was open in the town of Pine Ridge.

The grants do not provide assistance to individual home or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage.





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