Sep 13, 2013 8:37 PM by Associated Press

Feds deny Ariz. appeal of Yarnell disaster denial

PHOENIX (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has again denied Gov. Jan Brewer's request for a disaster declaration because of the Yarnell Hill fire.

FEMA spokesman John Hamill confirmed Friday that Brewer's appeal had been denied.

The Small Business Administration says it will now begin offering low interest loans to homeowners and businesses affected by the fire. The loans could not be offered while the appeal was pending.

The fire that started on June 28 killed 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots on June 30 as it barreled toward Yarnell. The fire burned 8,400 acres and more than 100 homes before it was controlled on July 12.

FEMA has repeatedly said the damage to uninsured private homes was not so severe that state, local and volunteer agencies couldn't handle the problems.

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