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Coalition Updates

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Letter to FEMA

Director of Operations Job Opening

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Statement

FEMA Wildfire Compensation Rules Fail To Follow New Mexico Law, According To New Opinion By NM Attorney General

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Press Release

Wildfire Victim Heartbreak, FEMA Failures Take Focus on Two-Year Anniversary of New Mexico Wildfire

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Apr 18, 2024

PRESS RELEASE: New Mexico Fire Victims Release Statement On Hiring Of New FEMA Claims Director

The Coalition for Fire Fund Fairness (CFFF) – a grassroots coalition of victims of the 2022 Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon wildfire – today issued the following statement in response to the announcement of the hiring of Jay Mitchell to head the FEMA Claims Office.

PRESS RELEASE: New Mexico Fire Victims Release Statement On Hiring Of New FEMA Claims Director

Apr 11, 2024

Nella Domenici makes campaign stop in Mora

About 40 people braved a snowy April morning to attend a Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire roundtable event Saturday at Mount Calvary Assembly of God Church in Mora.

Nella Domenici makes campaign stop in Mora

Apr 11, 2024

Nosotros la Gente: Seeing the dark truth, and putting a price on ‘non-economic’ damages

Non-economic damages, what a euphemism.

Nosotros la Gente: Seeing the dark truth, and putting a price on ‘non-economic’ damages

Apr 11, 2024

Community comes together two years after fire changed their lives

In the two years since United States Forest Service agents started the largest wildfire in New Mexico history, the conversation around the event has shifted from the fire itself to the re-traumatizing of its victims who, as one FEMA official acknowledged on Monday, may never be made whole again.

Community comes together two years after fire changed their lives

Apr 9, 2024

PRESS RELEASE: Wildfire Victim Heartbreak, FEMA Failures Take Focus on Two-Year Anniversary of New Mexico Wildfire

Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon wildfire victims commemorated second anniversary of fire with documentary screening and discussion about path forward for recovery process

Victims were joined by NM Lt. Governor Howie Morales, former NM Attorney General Hector Balderas, and FEMA Assistant Administrator Colt Hagmaier

PRESS RELEASE: Wildfire Victim Heartbreak, FEMA Failures Take Focus on Two-Year Anniversary of New Mexico Wildfire

Apr 9, 2024

Still no replacement for wildfire claims office director, FEMA official says

Disaster recovery official apologizes for fire and aftermath, admits it was a mistake to copy claims rules from Cerro Grande fire

Still no replacement for wildfire claims office director, FEMA official says

Apr 4, 2024

OP-ED: New Mexico Fire Victims Deserve Justice From Federal Gov't

FEMA has disregarded both the intent of Congress and established precedent in New Mexico law. Of particular concern is the agency's refusal to recognize certain nuisance claims as eligible for compensation.

OP-ED: New Mexico Fire Victims Deserve Justice From Federal Gov't

Mar 26, 2024

FEMA: Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire victims can now appeal final compensation amount

People filing claims related to the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire can now appeal if they disagree with the final compensation amount.

FEMA: Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire victims can now appeal final compensation amount

Mar 21, 2024

New Mexico Fire Victims Expose FEMA Failures, Renew Call for Urgent Course Correction

Victims’ group releases summary of FEMA’s ongoing failures to process and pay wildfire claims in accordance with state and federal law.

New Mexico Fire Victims Expose FEMA Failures, Renew Call for Urgent Course Correction

Mar 16, 2024

It’s time for FEMA to let New Mexicans to take over fire recovery process

With almost $4 billion in the bank and thousands of claims to be processed, FEMA has the opportunity to reset the process – a restart in the spirit of the Easter season – which, so far, has been too bureaucratic and delivered too little money

It’s time for FEMA to let New Mexicans to take over fire recovery process

Mar 14, 2024

STATEMENT: FEMA Wildfire Compensation Rules Fail To Follow New Mexico Law, According To New Opinion By NM Attorney General

New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez issues opinion finding that, per New Mexico law, “damages are available to compensate nuisance and trespass plaintiffs for annoyance, discomfort, and inconvenience.”

STATEMENT: FEMA Wildfire Compensation Rules Fail To Follow New Mexico Law, According To New Opinion By NM Attorney General

Mar 10, 2024

The Government Set a Fire in New Mexico. It Burned 341,735 Acres

Recovery from the state’s most destructive wildfire is complicated by high tensions between residents and the party responsible — the United States Forest Service.

The Government Set a Fire in New Mexico. It Burned 341,735 Acres

Mar 1, 2024

Northern NM fire victims will be spared additional taxes under provision approved by Legislature

Those who hired lawyers to help them get compensation for losses to the biggest wildfire in state history won’t have to worry about additional taxes on legal services if Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs the tax package sent to her by lawmakers last month.

Northern NM fire victims will be spared additional taxes under provision approved by Legislature

Feb 26, 2024

New Mexico's largest wildfire and its aftermath

The largest wildfire in New Mexico state history, accidentally ignited by the U.S. government, has transformed survivors into experts on forest management, disaster aid, and resilience.

New Mexico's largest wildfire and its aftermath

Feb 23, 2024

Record-Setting Blazes Are Growing More Common. Here’s What Survivors of One Want You to Know.

When the federal government accidentally triggered New Mexico’s largest wildfire, hundreds of people lost their homes and livelihoods. They have become reluctant students of forest management, disaster aid and resiliency.

Record-Setting Blazes Are Growing More Common. Here’s What Survivors of One Want You to Know.

Feb 22, 2024

Locals protest, demand answers at Mora Town Hall

A Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Office town hall meeting at Mora High School’s lecture hall on Feb. 13 kicked off with a protest, and many in the crowd that packed the venue continued to vent their anger and frustration as the meeting unfolded.

Locals protest, demand answers at Mora Town Hall

Feb 15, 2024

Mora-area residents criticize FEMA on pace of addressing wildfire claims

Mora-area residents affected by the historic Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire expressed frustration this week to federal and state officials about how their claims have been handled and demanded agencies pick up the pace and deliver overdue compensation.

Mora-area residents criticize FEMA on pace of addressing wildfire claims

Jan 18, 2024

4 Investigates: Burned by FEMA

In less than three months, it will be two years since the U.S. Forest Service started the largest wildfire in New Mexico history.

4 Investigates: Burned by FEMA

Dec 31, 2023

FEMA bureaucrats are failing northern NM wildfire victims

622 days. A painful reminder of the trauma inflicted by the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire.

FEMA bureaucrats are failing northern NM wildfire victims
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