Over $29.2 million spent fighting wildfires in Alaska, according to recent report

Remnants of a home burned in the McKinley Fire. Aug. 23, 2019. (KTUU)
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Over $29.2 million in state and federal funds has been spent fighting recent wildfires in Alaska, according to a report released Saturday by the National Interagency Coordination Center.

Alaska Division of Forestry spokesperson Tim Mowry says these numbers are rough estimates and it will take more time to get the exact dollar amounts.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced earlier in the week that Alaska would be eligible for federal help to fight some of its major wildfires.

The State of Alaska will be able to claim 75 percent of firefighting costs from FEMA for the Deshka Landing and McKinley fires.

FEMA Region 10 Administrator Mike O'Hare says in addition to reimbursement funding for fighting the McKinley and Deshka Landing fires, $454,432 in mitigation assistance will be available to Alaska.

Beyond federal help, the Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna Boroughs should more easily receive relief from the state after the governor made a state disaster declaration on Friday.

Editor's note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Alaska would be responsible for paying the $26.3 million incurred while fighting the Swan Lake Fire. DOF's Tim Mowry says the fire is on federal land, making the U.S. Government responsible for paying the suppression costs.

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