Brewer in eastern Arizona for fire tour, meetings

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- Gov. Jan Brewer is in eastern Arizona for a second visit to the area of the Wallow Fire.

Brewer's office said the visit started with an aerial tour of the fire's west side. The visit also includes several stops in Lakeside. Those include a briefing by a firefighting manager, a meeting with evacuees and an availability with news media.

Spokeswoman Tasya Peterson said Brewer wants to assure the evacuees that she and the state are doing everything they can to meet the evacuees' needs and to try to stop the fire.

President Barack Obama called Gov. Jan Brewer Thursday morning to express his concern for residents affected by Arizona wildfires.

Brewer's office issued a statement saying the president pledged to provide all federal resources necessary to the state of Arizona in the battle to contain the wildfires raging throughout the state.

Brewer said she discussed with Obama concerns regarding delayed information from federal disaster officials about what's happening in mountain communities.

The president told Brewer he will work with federal officials to help iron out any problems related to a lack or delay of communication.

Brewer also visited the fire area on Saturday.

Thousands of people have been forced from their homes by the fire that has burned hundreds of thousands of acres.

If you are interested in assisting the evacuees, here is how you can help.

Also on Thursday, Brewer announced the Arizona National Guard is staging 55 National Guard personnel near the fire to help with containment.