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Jun 17, 2011 3:19 PM

Gov. Brewer declares state of emergency

PHOENIX - Governor Brewer has declared a state of emergency due to the fires burning in Southern Arizona.

$100,000 of the Governor's Emergency Funds will be released to help pay for emergency responses and recovery expenses for damage resulting from the fires.

The governor's office states that state emergency dollars will not be available to reimburse homeowners for damage from the fires.

The emergency declaration also authorized the mobilization of the Arizona National Guard as necessary to protect life and property, according to a release form the governor's office.

The following is a complete list of actions authorized by the declaration:

a. Declare that a State of Emergency exists in Cochise County due to the Horseshoe II and Monument fires, effective June 12, 2011 and continuing; and

b. Direct that the sum of $100,000 from the general fund be made available to the Director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management to be expended in accordance with A.R.S. §35-192, A.A.C. R8-2-301 to 321, and Executive Order 79-4; and

c. Direct that the State of Arizona Emergency Response and Recovery Plan be used to direct and control state and other assets and authorize the Director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management to coordinate state assets; and

d. Authorize the Adjutant General to mobilize and call to activate all or such part of the Arizona National Guard as is determined necessary to assist in the protection of life and property throughout the State.

In addition, because of the federal fire management assistance grant, 75 percent of the state's response and fire-suppresion costs associated with the Monument and Horseshoe 2 fires will be paid by the federal government.

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