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FEMA denies aid to Tuolumne County hit by Rim Fire

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POSTED November 7, 2013 9:27 p.m.

SONORA  (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied continued aid to a Northern California county struck hard by the Rim Fire that raged in August and September.

Tuolomne County, which is home to the northern part of Yosemite National Park, will potentially have to rebuild roads and other damaged infrastructure with only state and local resources. Kelly Huston, a spokesman for Gov. Jerry Brown's office, says FEMA has declined to extend a major disaster declaration. In a letter to Brown, FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate said FEMA's review found the damage to the county was not severe enough to require federal aid.

Huston couldn't provide a damage estimate but says state officials would be going out to reassess the cost of repairs before possibly filing an appeal to FEMA by the beginning of December.


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