Opinion: New Mexico Is Waiting to See if Congress Will Pass the Hermits Peak Fire Assistance Act

Daniella Cressman

“Every state is important, every American who loses something in a natural disaster needs to be made whole and taken care of, but here the federal government is responsible for the fire...We will keep working towards 100 percent reimbursement, and while I don’t have that yet, I’m very confident it is coming.” Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

The Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon wildfire impacted many families, causing them to lose their homes.

It also hurt a lot of businesses in the area.

President Biden issued an executive order requiring the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover 100% of the costs of the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire—one that burned 320,000 acres.

"The new grants come two months after President Joe Biden issued an executive order requiring the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover 100 percent of the costs of the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire, which burned over 320,000 acres. This included the costs of firefighting, debris removal and protective measures for affected communities." —Claudia L. Silva

Now, New Mexico is waiting to see if Congress will pass the Hermits Peak Fire Assistance Act.

"Now that state is waiting to see if Congress will pass the Hermit’s Peak Fire Assistance Act, which would require FEMA to fully compensate those who suffered personal injury, property losses, business and financial losses resulting from the fire. Currently, FEMA only pays up to $37,000 for the loss of a home." —Claudia L. Silva

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is determined to ensure that New Mexico residents are fully reimbursed for their losses.

"Lujan Grisham vowed during the news conference to work with the federal government to ensure residents are reimbursed for their losses." —Claudia L. Silva
"Part of the issue is that the federal government is still trying to figure out how it will allocate funds to other states that have been affected by natural disasters...I will continue to chase down the federal government while trying to ensure local industries and businesses are supported by the state." —Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

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