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Arizona legislators ask Obama to reconsider fire aid

In this June 30, 2013 file photo, a wildfire burns homes in Yarnell, Arizona.  (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski, File)

In this June 30, 2013 file photo, a wildfire burns homes in Yarnell, Arizona. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski, File)

Key Arizona legislators are asking President Barack Obama to reconsider his administration’s denial of the state’s request for federal disaster relief for Yarnell for the Yavapai County community’s wildfire damage.

The Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 members of a Prescott firefighting crew on June 30 swept through much of Yarnell the same day, burning more than 100 homes.

The joint letter by House Speaker Andy Tobin and Minority Leader Chad Campbell cites the property damage and statements of support from Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Gov. Jan Brewer’s request for a disaster declaration on Friday.

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One comment

  1. I understand Arizona would like funding for the Fire here in AZ, but where were these same people when Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast that was the most costly hurricane on record. Senator McCain as well as Jeff Flake voted no to fund them. So what Make a little fire that cost less be more important?
    These Senators owe the president an Apology as well as the people on the east Coast.

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