Brewer may appeal disaster denial for Yarnell fire

Brewer may appeal disaster denial for Yarnell fire

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PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Jan Brewer plans a press conference Wednesday to discuss the federal government's denial of disaster assistance for the June wildfire that destroyed more than 100 homes in the town of Yarnell and killed 19 firefighters.

Ariz. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick's office says the press conference is to announce an appeal.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the state's disaster request on Aug. 9. The agency said in a letter to Brewer that the damage to uninsured private homes was not so severe that state, local and volunteer agencies could not handle the problems.

The state said 108 homes were destroyed and 23 damaged. It's unclear how many were uninsured.

Approval would have brought long-term federal recovery programs to Yavapai County and allow a federal team to do flood prevention work.

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