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No FEMA Help for Little Bear Fire Losses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Owners of property damaged or destroyed by last month’s Little Bear Fire will not have any help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to Ruidoso Special Projects Manager Justin King.

“It’s come to our attention that there’s some homeowners still talking about FEMA assistance,” King told the Lincoln County Restoration and Protection Group, the Ruidoso News reported. “FEMA is not going to do an Individual Assistance program for Lincoln County, the village of Ruidoso, city of Alamogordo. We do not meet the threshold.”

The low number of uninsured, primary residences affected was the key reason for missing the threshold, the News said.

“They’ve gone through. They’ve done their assessment on it. We’re only about 165 homes short of meeting the threshold,” King said of the FEMA review.

Just nine primary residences destroyed in the Little Bear Fire were uninsured, the News said.


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Second homes do not qualify for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program, and even if the program had applied in the fire area, the assistance would have been minimal, King told the group.

“So if you hear individuals, or homeowners, or property owners talking about FEMA still coming in on a white horse to save the day, it isn’t going to happen,” King said.

The most recent assessments of damage from the Little Bear Fire showed that 255 homes were damaged, and six commercial structures and 22 outbuildings were destroyed, the News reported earlier this month.