Brewer asks Obama to declare Yarnell fire disaster

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by Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 4:37 PM

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) -- Gov. Jan Brewer wants President Barack Obama to declare the area around the Yarnell Hill fire a disaster area.
 
Brewer sent a letter to Obama Tuesday after assessments showed 109 homes were destroyed and 23 others were damaged.
 
Brewer wants a major disaster declaration along with access to a federal assistance program for individuals.
 
Approval of Brewer's request would bring long-term federal recovery programs to Yavapai County that will help survivors and businesses that didn't have adequate insurance.
 
Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake sent a letter urging Obama to swiftly approve the request.
 
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