Arizona Wildfires (DR-1422)

Incident period: June 18, 2002 to July 7, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 25, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 4, 2002
News Release
Oakland, CA -- The Arizona Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have announced that the deadline for residents in the Rodeo-Chediski fire disaster area to receive free legal assistance is coming up. The telephone hotline will end on Friday, October 11, due to lower caller volume. The referral hotline has served people who were affected by the June fires and, as a result, have difficulty with evictions, foreclosures, leases and legal notices. Volunteer lawyers from the State Bar Association have been providing the free legal services.
August 21, 2002
News Release
Mesa, AZ -- Arizonans who had damage or losses from the Rodeo-Chediski fire have one week left to register for state and federal disaster assistance, officials reminded today. Monday, August 26, is the deadline to register by calling the toll-free registration number,1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. These numbers also serve as the FEMA Helpline, which will remain open until further notice from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.
August 20, 2002
News Release
Mesa, AZ -- Disaster aid to Arizona in the wake of the massive Rodeo-Chediski fire has topped $26 million, state and federal officials said today. President Bush declared the Rodeo-Chediski fire a major disaster on June 25. The fire burned 468,000 acres and destroyed more than 450 houses in Navajo, Apache, Coconino and Gila counties and the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.
August 19, 2002
News Release
Mesa, AZ -- The state-federal disaster help centers in Heber and Show Low will close at 6 p.m. Monday, August 26. Until that date the centers are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The centers were opened to help with the recovery process for people who had damage or losses from the Rodeo-Chediski fire, which President Bush declared a major disaster on June 25.
August 16, 2002
News Release
Mesa, AZ -- Protecting yourself against disaster is worth whatever it costs, but it doesn't have to be a big-ticket item. The Trimble family managed to protect their home near Pinedale, Navajo County, against Arizona's biggest wildfire in decades with $500 worth of supplies and a little sweat equity. The Trimble house was the only building in their area that survived the Rodeo-Chediski fire in late June.
August 7, 2002
News Release
Mesa, AZ -- The state of Arizona and the federal government have made available more than $22.7 million to the citizens of Apache, Coconino, Gila and Navajo counties and the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in the state of Arizona. The disaster assistance was made possible through the June 25 disaster declaration made by President George W. Bush in response to the Rodeo-Chediski fire of June and July. Over 8,100 residents have registered for disaster assistance since President Bush declared the fire a major disaster. Assistance to date includes:

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