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Arizonans affected by fires to get federal help

The Wallow fire burns towards Eagar, Ariz, north of Greer, Ariz,, Wednesday night June 8, 2011. The fire in eastern Arizona that already forced thousands from their homes headed Wednesday for a pair of transmission lines that supply electricity to hundreds of thousands of people as far east as Texas. (AP Photo/Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic)

Gov. Jan Brewer’s office says the federal government has granted the state financial assistance for residents and businesses affected by two destructive wildfires.

The office says said Monday that the U.S. Small Business Administration will make special loans available for qualifying victims of the Wallow fire in eastern Arizona and the Monument fire in southeastern Arizona.

Qualifying homeowners can get up to $200,000 loans for damaged real estate, and $40,000 loans for damaged clothing, furniture, vehicles and other items.

The office says that loans of up to $2 million each will be made available for to Apache and Cochise counties and other neighboring counties to help pay fixed debts, payroll , accounts payable and other bills that would otherwise go unpaid due to the wildfires.

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