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Jun 23, 2011 7:19 PM

Center to help wildfire victims pick up the pieces

SIERRA VISTA - As evacuation orders are lifted and residents begin to see the full scope of destruction left by the Monument and Horseshoe 2 Fires, many are left with nothing but pieces to pick up, and a long road to recovery.

To assist those who have lost their residence and property to a wildfire in Cochise County, the Arizona Division of Emergency Management is opening an Individual Assistance Service Center in Sierra Vista.

"Its mission: to help the uninsured and underinsured who lost primary residences or personal property due to the Monument Fire," according to a release from the Cochise County Sheriff's Office.

"The state is committed to helping people impacted by the Monument Fire return to their normal lives," Assistant Director of Recovery Wendy Smith-Reeve said. "The assistance center offers a place for residents to begin to find solutions to their personal and family recovery."

The center opens tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., at the Cochise County Foothills Complex, 4001 E. Foothills Drive, in Sierra Vista. The center will be open Friday, Saturday, then Monday through Saturday, July 2. Residents can call the center at (520) 221-0160.

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