Arizona Wildfire (DR-1477)

Incident period: June 17, 2003 to July 15, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on July 14, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

August 5, 2003
News Release
Tucson, AZ -- Beginning Wednesday, August 6, through Saturday, August 9, 2003 (weather permitting), a contractor for the Pima County Flood Control District and the Natural Resource Conservation Service will perform aerial seeding and mulching operations in the Summerhaven area on Mt. Lemmon. A helicopter will be flying through the areas and dropping seeds and straw.
July 29, 2003
News Release
Tucson, AZ -- If you have suffered financial losses during the recent Aspen Fire for which you are not being reimbursed, you may be eligible for a tax refund from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) right now. For the special disaster tax deduction to be claimed, the loss must have occurred in the declared disaster area, which is Pima County.
July 25, 2003
News Release
Tucson, AZ - Pima County, the Arizona Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommend that residents in Summerhaven who were affected by the recent Aspen Fire take steps to remove smoke and to clean up in and around the house. "Even if your house didn't suffer actual fire damage, smoke from the fire can create problems in your house and on your property," said Frank F. Navarrete, state coordinating officer for ADEM. "We encourage all of those in the area of the Aspen Fire to follow a few basic clean-up procedures."
July 24, 2003
News Release
Tucson, AZ -- On Friday, July 25, 2003, Pima County Wastewater Management staff will be conducting "smoke tests" on the public sanitary sewer system, primarily along Sabino Canyon Parkway. The project is anticipated to be completed on the same day.
July 23, 2003
News Release
Mesa, AZ (July 23, 2003) -- As Pima County recovers from its latest disaster, property owners who suffered damages from the Aspen Fire are seeking contractors to help clean up, repair, or rebuild their homes and businesses. Disaster recovery officials from Pima County, the Arizona Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have this important advice: Be extra careful when hiring unknown contractors.
July 14, 2003
News Release
Washington, D.C. -- Federal disaster funds have been made available for Arizona to help the state and local governments in Pima County recover from the effects of the Aspen fire that erupted last month, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.
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