Federal Government Denies Yarnell (AZ) Request for Fire Disaster Relief

The federal government rejected Arizona’s bid for a major disaster declaration for the deadly blaze near Yarnell (AZ), which killed 19 firefighters, reports NBC News.

The request for disaster designation from FEMA was submitted on July 9 to provide funds to residents forced out of their homes by the lethal fire.

FEMA administrator W. Craig Fugate said state, local and volunteer groups were more than up to the task of helping uninsured homeowners replace and rebuild their charred residences.

The agency, following a thorough review, concluded that the fire “was not of such severity and magnitude as to be beyond the capabilities of the state, affected local governments, and voluntary agencies,” Fugate wrote.

FEMA takes into account a range of factors, including insurance coverage, in reviewing bids for federal aid, said spokesman Dan Watson.

“FEMA, by law, cannot duplicate benefits provided by insurance companies or other federal agencies,” Watson said in a statement. “In this case … it was determined that the damage to uninsured private residents from this event was not beyond the response and recovery capabilities of the state/local governments, and voluntary agencies.”

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