New Mexico Penasco Fire (FM-2402)
Incident period: April 30, 2002 to June 3, 2002
Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on May 1, 2002
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May 1, 2002
Washington, D.C.-- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today again moved swiftly to help New Mexico battle another wildfire outbreak, authorizing the use of federal funds immediately after the Penasco fire began endangering life and property in Otero County. FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh approved the state's request for federal fire management assistance this afternoon when it was confirmed that the 800-acre blaze had caused the evacuation of residents in the town of Mayhill located about 12 miles southeast of Cloudcroft.