Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Federal Government Denies Declaration Of Yarnell Wildfire A Major Disaster

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer says the federal government has denied Arizona's request for a major disaster declaration for the wildfire in Yarnell.  Nineteen firefighters died battling the blaze near Prescott on June 30th. Brewer had been waiting for a response from President Barack Obama to her request since mid-July. Approval would have brought long-term federal recovery programs to Yavapai County to help survivors and businesses that did not have adequate insurance. It also would allow a federal team to do flood prevention work. In a statement, Brewer says she is "deeply troubled by the Obama administration's decision to deny much-needed recovery assistance in the wake of Arizona's deadliest wildfire."

Brewer pressed the president on her request Tuesday, August 6th when Obama was in Phoenix. She says Arizona "will review its options regarding an appeal.”

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