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Brewer asks Obama to declare Yarnell fire disaster

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Gov. Jan Brewer wants President Barack Obama to declare the area around the Yarnell Hill fire a disaster area.

Brewer sent a letter to Obama Tuesday after assessments showed 109 homes were destroyed and 23 others were damaged.

Brewer wants a major disaster declaration along with access to a federal assistance program for individuals.

"The Yarnell Hill Fire has taken so much from the people of Yavapai County and the State of Arizona," said Governor Brewer. "We can never bring back the lives lost to this devastating fire, but a federal Major Disaster Declaration is one way we can help the citizens of Yarnell and Peeples Valley begin to pick up the pieces and put their communities back together."

Approval of Brewer's request would bring long-term federal recovery programs to Yavapai County that will help survivors and businesses that didn't have adequate insurance.

Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake sent a letter urging Obama to swiftly approve the request.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press modified.

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