FEMA authorizes funds to help fight Vineyard Fire in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Vineyard Fire in Hot Springs.

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.

These grants do not provide assistance to individual home or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fire.

At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 100-plus homes in and around Galveston Circle, Galveston Avenue and Galveston Heights.

Mandatory evacuations are underway for approximately 350 people. The fire started yesterday, August 11, 2018 and has burned around 250 acres of private land.