New Mexico New Mexico Wildfire (DR-1329)

Incident period: May 5, 2000 to June 9, 2000
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 13, 2000

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 14, 2000
News Release
Santa Fe, NM -- The first checks from the Individual and Family Grant Program-which helps pay the costs of disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other programs-have been sent to victims of the New Mexico fires, according to disaster recovery officials. Seventy-eight checks, totaling $229,969, went out Friday, June 9, with the average check issued at $2,500. "The amount of the grant depends on the unmet needs of the applicant," said Bill Ewing, deputy state coordinating officer of the New Mexico Office of Emergency Management. "The maximum grant is $13,900."
June 14, 2000
News Release
Santa Fe, NM -- State and federal officials are contacting communities not currently participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) urging them to join the program prior to the upcoming monsoon season. Flood Hazard Boundary Maps published by the NFIP have identified the communities as prone to flooding. After the maps were published, the communities were notified and given a timetable to apply, but no action was taken.
June 14, 2000
News Release
Santa Fe, NM -- If you want to talk to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) about your application for disaster, all you need to do is pickup the telephone. The FEMA Helpline is an important resource for those who have been affected by the New Mexico forest fires and who have already registered for disaster assistance. The toll-free number is 1-800-525-0321. People with hearing or speech impairments may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. The Helpline is open 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday.
June 14, 2000
News Release
Santa Fe, NM -- Hikers in the burned area of Santa Fe National Forest who find archeological sites or items such as pottery and stone tools revealed by the fire are asked to look but not touch. "This is the best way to protect New Mexico's heritage," said Jan Biella, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, with the State Historic Preservation Division (HPD). Federal forestry officials advise that Santa Fe National Forest has been closed to public access by the Espanola Ranger District.
May 13, 2000
News Release
Washington, DC -- Federal disaster aid was made available today for families and businesses victimized by the raging wildfire that erupted in the north-central part of New Mexico earlier this week, according to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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