SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Biden administration has announced additional funding for recovery from destructive wildfires in 2022. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been authorized to cover a larger percentage of some costs.

The federal government authorized cost-sharing to cover 100% of emergency protective measures. The boost in funding applies to costs related to the Cerro Pelado fire and damage that occurred between April 5, 2022, to July 23, 2022, according to FEMA.

The submission window for members of the public to submit damage claims to FEMA has already closed. More info about the claims being processed can be found on the FEMA website.

The governor released a statement about the funds. See it below.

I am grateful to President Biden for recognizing the federal government’s responsibility to cover the costs associated with this disaster caused by the U.S. Forest Service’s mismanagement of a prescribed burn. The victims of the Cerro Pelado fire are still recovering, and I encourage FEMA to get this money out the door as quickly as possible so that impacted New Mexicans can rebuild their communities.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham