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June 28, 2004
News Release
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) authorized firefighting funds to help Arizona fight the Willow fire burning near the community of Payson in Yavapai and Gila counties. Michael D. Brown, under secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, approved the request for federal fire management assistance at 12:35 p.m. today. The 23,000-acre fire, sparked by lightening, is threatening 6,000 people and 3,000 homes in Payson, Pine and Strawberry.
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