42 U.S. Code § 1856e - Reimbursement of fire funds

§ 1856e.
Reimbursement of fire funds
(a) Definition of StateIn this section, the term “State” means—
a State; and
the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
(b) In generalIf a State seeks reimbursement for amounts expended for resources and services provided to another State for the management and suppression of a wildfire, the Secretary, subject to subsections (c) and (d)—
may accept the reimbursement amounts from the other State; and
shall pay those amounts to the State seeking reimbursement.
(c) Mutual assistance agreement

As a condition of seeking and providing reimbursement under subsection (b), the State seeking reimbursement and the State providing reimbursement must each have a mutual assistance agreement with the Forest Service or another Federal agency for providing and receiving wildfire management and suppression resources and services.

(d) Terms and conditions

The Secretary may prescribe the terms and conditions determined to be necessary to carry out subsection (b).

(e) Effect on prior reimbursements

Any acceptance of funds or reimbursements made by the Secretary before February 7, 2014, that otherwise would have been authorized under this section shall be considered to have been made in accordance with this section.


Section was enacted as part of the Agricultural Act of 2014, and not as part of act May 27, 1955, which comprises this subchapter.

Section is comprised of section 8304 of Pub. L. 113–79. Subsec. (f) of section 8304 of Pub. L. 113–79 amended section 1856d of this title.

Definition of “Secretary”

“Secretary” as meaning the Secretary of Agriculture, see section 9001 of Title 7, Agriculture.


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