FEMA authorizes federal reimbursements for Tennessee and Kentucky to battle wildfires

A wildfire in Blount County will keep Walland Elementary students from going to class on Monday.

The U.S. Department of Homeland security's Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized federal funds to help pay for costs Tennessee and Kentucky took on fighting wildfires.

The authorization makes FEMA grant funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the firefighting and evacuation costs, including labor and supplies.

The funds in Tennessee have been authorized to fight the 1000-acre wildfire burning at East Millers Cove in Blount County.

Read more: East Millers Cove fire grows to 1,055 acres in size; Walland Elementary School classes canceled

The Fire Management Assistance Grant was granted Sunday afternoon.

In Kentucky, more than 27,450 acres land  in Harlan, Knox, Letcher and Pike counties have burned because of wildfires. The federal reimbursements there will go to fighting those fires.

The fires in Kentucky have threatened some 1,700 homes so far.


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