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Brewer issues emergency declaration for fire areas

Gov Jan Brewer speaks at a press conference at Round Valley Primary School about the Wallow Fire Saturday, June 4, 2011 near Eagar, Ariz. Crews in Arizona worked Saturday to protect several small communities from two large wildfires by clearing away brush near homes and planning to set fires aimed at robbing the blazes of forest fuels. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Jack Kurtz )  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

Gov Jan Brewer speaks at a press conference at Round Valley Primary School about the Wallow Fire Saturday, June 4, 2011 near Eagar, Ariz. Crews in Arizona worked Saturday to protect several small communities from two large wildfires by clearing away brush near homes and planning to set fires aimed at robbing the blazes of forest fuels. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Jack Kurtz)

Gov. Jan Brewer has signed an emergency declaration in response to the Horseshoe Two and Monument fires in Cochise County.

The governor’s office says the declaration releases $100,000 from the governor’s emergency funds to pay for emergency responses and recovery expenses for damage resulting from the fires.

The funding will support costs not covered by the federal fire management assistance grant, as well as recovery efforts following suppression of the fire.

The state emergency dollars are not available to reimburse homeowners for damage from the fires. The governor’s emergency declaration authorizes the Adjutant General to mobilize the Arizona National Guard as necessary to protect life and property.

Meanwhile, Brewer flew over the fire scenes Friday morning and was later briefed by incident commanders.

The fires have burned nearly 225,000 acres.

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