FEMA won’t help with the blaze that killed 19 firefighters in Arizona.
Arizona’s top politicians blasted the Obama administration and federal officials over the denial of aid in the wake of the state’s deadly wildfire.
The Yarnell Hill blaze killed 19 firefighters, called "hotshots," in late June, when it changed directions and engulfed them.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the state’s request for assistance based on insurance rules, it said in a statement Friday. It determined that not enough uninsured private individuals had become victims to warrant a payout.
FEMA said it is not permitted to "duplicate benefits provided by insurance companies or other federal agencies."
The agency also declined to issue a "major disaster declaration" for affected areas.
Solemn 100-mile procession for fallen firefighters.
Local bureaucrats are also making times tough for the family members of the victims.