On Saturday, President Biden will pay a visit to New Mexico during a busy fire season and amid simmering resentment about the cause of the state’s most destructive fire on record. Trump and New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham will discuss the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires, which Grisham has sought federal aid to cover.
The combined flames have grown to 319,841 acres and are currently 67% contained, with 2,685 firefighters battling the wind.
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Prescribed burns conducted by the U.S. Forest Service were found to be the cause of both fires, which destroyed hundreds of homes in New Mexico.
Suppression efforts incurred millions of dollars in state costs and the governor’s office stated that 100% of those costs would be covered by the agency. Citizens filed lawsuits against the Forest Service in Mora County, where the governor visited last week. Fear of fire has been replaced by the fear of mudslides, which have uprooted thousands of people.
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The Forest Service was found to be the cause of the largest wildfire in New Mexico. More than 900 disaster compensation claims totaling close to $3 million have been authorized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Locals are concerned that they will receive financial assistance to cover the costs of their losses. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández (D-NM) has introduced legislation that would provide complete compensation for the fire’s property and income losses.
For New Mexico’s rebuilding, the Biden administration updated its disaster declaration on Thursday, authorizing FEMA to provide more sorts of assistance. Repairing water systems, irrigation ditches, bridges, and roads became eligible for financial assistance as a result of this decision.
New Mexico officials are urging Vice President Joe Biden to suspend the 25 percent nonfederal cost-sharing threshold for federal help because the present permission will only cover 75 percent of fire-related damage expenditures.
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New Mexico is forecast to be in the midst of sweltering conditions on Saturday, with dry storms expected to continue through Monday. Scientists and fire specialists warn that as a result of climate change, wildfires in the western United States are spreading faster and burning hotter than ever before.
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