USA — The Texas A&M Forest Service is returning more than $43 million in fire suppression funds to the state after getting reimbursements.
The Forest Service said Monday that the Texas Legislature appropriated $161 million to pay for wildfire suppression costs incurred in 2011 and 2012, when the state had some of the largest and most destructive wildfires in its history.
The Forest Service said the more than $43 million surplus was generated after the agency worked with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get reimbursements related to the two presidential disaster declarations.
The more than $43 million in FEMA reimbursements have been deposited in the state treasury. Also, $6.7 million in FEMA reimbursements may also be returned when the Forest Service receives the funds.