Brewer appeals disaster denial for Yarnell fire - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

Brewer appeals disaster denial for Yarnell fire

Updated:
  • Arizona PoliticsMore>>

  • 2014 Arizona Primary election: Track top races

    2014 Arizona Primary election: Track top races

    The poll results are coming in, and some races have already been called.  | Full election results
    The poll results are coming in, and some races have already been called.  | Full election results
  • Doug Ducey wins GOP primary for Arizona governor

    Doug Ducey wins GOP primary for Arizona governor

    State Treasurer and former CEO Doug Ducey won the Republican primary for Arizona governor Tuesday, riding to victory with a campaign that focused on his blend of government and business experience in serving as a state official and building an ice cream company into a national brand.
    State Treasurer and former CEO Doug Ducey won the Republican primary for Arizona governor Tuesday, riding to victory with a campaign that focused on his blend of government and business experience in serving as a state official and building an ice cream company into a national brand.
  • Actor George Takei talks about his documentary and politics

    Actor George Takei talks about his documentary and politics

    Actor and political activist George Takei is premiering his new documentary in Scottsdale.Takei is best-known for playing Hikaru Sulu on the Star Trek series and films.He has ties to Arizona including being married to an Arizonan, who was born in the state, and his mother lived in the White Mountains.
    Actor and political activist George Takei is premiering his new documentary in Scottsdale.Takei is best-known for playing Hikaru Sulu on the Star Trek series and films.He has ties to Arizona including being married to an Arizonan, who was born in the state, and his mother lived in the White Mountains.
  • Wildfire SeasonMore>>

  • 2 Arizona firefighters injured at Washington wildfire

    2 Arizona firefighters injured at Wash. wildfire

    A spokeswoman for a wildfire burning in central Washington says two firefighters from the Arizona-based Navajo Hotshots crew were injured when a large log rolled down a steep slope and hit them.
    A spokeswoman for a wildfire burning in central Washington says two firefighters from the Arizona-based Navajo Hotshots crew were injured when a large log rolled down a steep slope and hit them.
  • Valley Red Cross volunteers help with Washington wildfire relief

    Valley Red Cross volunteers help with Washington wildfire relief

    As several wildfires continue to burn across Washington and the state is calling in reinforcements.
    As several wildfires continue to burn across Washington and the state is calling in reinforcements.
  • Peoria firefighters head to California

    Peoria firefighters head to California

    More manpower was needed to fight the fast-growing Sand Fire in northern California and re-reinforcements from neighboring states were called in.So, firefighters in Peoria loaded up and headed to California on July 27
    More manpower was needed to fight the fast-growing Sand Fire in northern California and re-reinforcements from neighboring states were called in.So, firefighters in Peoria loaded up and headed to California on July 27
PHOENIX -

Governor Jan Brewer is refusing to take "no" for an answer. FEMA rejected her request for federal money to help homeowners after the Yarnell fire.

Wednesday, she appealed that decision in a letter to President Obama.

Everyone agrees the Yarnell Hill Fire was a terrible tragedy. But FEMA denied federal aid to homeowners because only nine homes were uninsured out of 108 that were destroyed.

The feds say the state can take care of people in need. But the governor says that's wrong.

FEMA says when it comes to property loss, the Yarnell Hill Fire did not qualify for a major disaster declaration like Hurricane Katrina or Superstorm Sandy.

And the state of Arizona can take care of people in need in Yarnell. But the governor says FEMA underestimated the damage.

"I think there are more houses, more structures that have been destroyed, we know that the water system is going to cost us a lot more money, we know that there are far more people underinsured than we originally had thought. We know there are people completely totally uninsured and given the dynamics of the rural area on which they live, it is a complete and total different perspective," said Brewer.

Congressman Paul Gosar, who represents the Yarnell area, said FEMA should look past its disaster requirements.

"I think that's what laws were built for, for exceptions to those rules -- the smaller application to a smaller community," said Rep. Paul Gosar, Arizona Republican.

FEMA issued this statement Wednesday afternoon: "The damage to uninsured private residences was not beyond the capabilities of State/Local Governments and voluntary agencies."

Although FEMA denied the aid request for people who lost their homes in the Yarnell fire, it has agreed to pay money to help defray the costs of fighting the fire.

But the governor is convinced the feds should do more.

"We believe, by the new facts we have in the letter, they need to review and reconsider their help and do their job, of which we were all pledged by the president and vice president when the disaster took place," said Brewer.

The appeal from the governor was sent to President Obama and FEMA regional administrator Nancy Ward in Oakland, California.

There is no indication whether there will be any response from FEMA beyond the short statement we received.

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices