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

August 7, 2002
News Release
Mesa, AZ -- Residents who sustained losses or damage as a result of the Rodeo-Chediski fire have less than three weeks to visit the State/Federal Help Centers in Heber and Show Low, federal and state disaster recovery officials reminded residents today. The center locations are:
August 5, 2002
News Release
Mesa, AZ -- Hours of operation are being cut back for state-federal help centers assisting those affected by the Rodeo-Chediski fires, officials have announced. New hours for the help centers in Heber and Show Low are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, through August 26.
August 5, 2002
News Release
Mesa, AZ -- Navajo County will receive $617,929 for cleanup and debris removal in the wake of the Rodeo-Chediski fires, state and federal disaster agencies announced today. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the 75 percent federal share of $463,446 under its Public Assistance program. The remaining 25 percent will be provided by state and local agencies, with the work to be supervised by state and local governments.
August 1, 2002
News Release
Mesa, AZ -- The wildfires that destroy natural forest barriers leave behind scorched and barren land that will take decades to recover. This can result in erosion and flooding from relatively small amounts of rain. Fire damage heightens the risk of flash floods, which strike suddenly and with greater velocity than seasonal flooding. While wildfires can't always be predicted, the flooding dangers that follow them can be.
August 1, 2002
News Release
Mesa, AZ -- In the aftermath of the wildfires that struck June 18 through July 7, 2002, most homeowners and renters who seek disaster assistance will receive an application for a low interest disaster loan from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This is a key part of the recovery process. SBA disaster loans are the primary source of federal funds for repairing or rebuilding disaster damage to private property owned by homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes.
July 31, 2002
News Release
Mesa, AZ -- July 31, 2002 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Teleregistration and Helpline days of operation have changed to Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to Sandy Coachman, FEMA federal coordinating officer. The Teleregistration and Helpline is available for residents and business owners who suffered damage in the Rodeo-Chediski fire to register for assistance. It is also available for people who have registered to check on the status of or update their FEMA registration, and have their questions answered.

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