Studhorse Mountain on Thursday morning. Photo by Don Nelson

Studhorse Mountain on Thursday morning. Photo by Don Nelson

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Carlton Complex Fire, the agency announced Thursday (July 17)

On Wednesday, the state of Washington submitted a request for a fire management assistance declaration for the Carlton Complex Fire.

The authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of Washington state’s eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling designated fires. These grants provide reimbursement for firefighting and life-saving efforts. They do not provide assistance to individuals, homeowners or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fire.