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June 6, 2002
Washington, D.C.-- For the sixth time since May 1st, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized federal funds to help New Mexico fight uncontrolled wildfires burning in the state. Moving quickly, less than five hours after receiving the request, FEMA made federal funds available to assist the state in battling the Ponil fire in Colfax County. "FEMA is committed to assisting our nation's firefighters in getting them the resources they need to quickly extinguish these fires that threaten people's lives and property," FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said.