Wildfires blaze in Arizona, New Mexico as Biden promises federal relief
Shannon Longworth: Evacuations are underway as firefighters battle a massive wildfire in Arizona.
The Pipeline Fire was reported yesterday morning about 6 miles north of Flagstaff.
By the end of the day — upwards of 5-thousand acres had burned.
It comes on the heels of the Tunnel fire which also threatened the area back in April.
It was fully contained earlier this month, but this problem isn’t limited to a single state.
Over the weekend President Biden was in New Mexico promising federal assistance as that state faces its largest wildfire in recorded history.
The Hermits Peak fire began months ago with prescribed burns set by the U-S Forest Service.
Since then — it’s grown and combined with another fire.
Biden pledged to cover the full cost of the emergency response and debris removal.
That financial obligation was previously split up between the state and federal governments.
President Joe Biden: “That is going to be a strong bridge until we pass the Hermit’s Peak Fire Assistance Act to fully compensate survivors for their total loss. We’re also providing funding and loans for small businesses, farmers and ranchers. And we need to be sure this doesn’t happen again.”}