Sep 20 2010
HERRIMAN, Utah - Governor Gary R. Herbert is on site of the fire now burning in southwestern Salt Lake County.
The Governor has been in contact throughout the day with local officials responsible for fighting the blaze, as well as officials with the Utah National Guard.
Governor Herbert has activated an additional 124 national guardsman to fight the fire.
"I have offered every available State resource to fight this fire, which is affecting so many Utahns tonight. This is a coordinated,collaborative effort," Governor Herbert said. "State emergency liaisons have been on site since the beginning of this fire, and they will be here until the fire is put out."
The State applied for a federal Fire Management assistance grant (FMAG), which was approved late tonight. The authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state's eligible firefighting costs. The fire has forced the evacuation of approximately 1,200 homes near Herriman and in unincorporated Salt Lake County. The fast-moving brushfire began at the Utah National Guard's Camp Williams during a training exercise.
"It is critical that residents in this area follow the directions of first responders, and do everything they can to protect themselves and their loved ones while we work to get this fire under control," Governor Herbert said.
An emergency center has been set up at Herriman High School for those displaced by the fire. The State will work with local officials to ensure that all Utahns impacted by the fire have adequate shelter and other necessary resources.