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FEMA reimburses wildfire-related expenses to Grimes, Montgomery, Waller counties

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Riley Road wildfire in September 2011 Riley Road wildfire in September 2011

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has reimbursed the state of Texas with more than $31.2 million related to the wildfires of 2011 that affected 17 counties.

The wildfire classified by FEMA as the Riley Road Fire affected Grimes, Montgomery and Waller counties.

The FEMA funds will account for the costs of ground support labor, equipment, materials, air support and meals and lodging incurred during the effort to battle the Riley Road fire.

"Texas experienced a record number of wildfires in 2011, which devastated communities across the state," said FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Robinson. "We are committed to providing the necessary support to partners as the recovery process moves forward."

Other counties benefiting from the FEMA reimbursements include Bastrop, Cass, Coke, Jeff Davis, Kimble, King, Knox, Marion, Palo Pinto, Presidio, Stephens, Stonewall, Tom Green and Young counties in 2011.

The FEMA contribution is made possible by a Public Assistance grant.

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