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People who lost homes in New Mexico wildfire hope Biden can help -Breaking


© Reuters. Daniel Encinias looks on as his house was destroyed by the Hermits Peak Calf Canyon fire, Tierra Monte New Mexico. June 9, 2022. Picture taken June 9, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Hay

By Andrew Hay

TIERRA MONTE N.M. (Reuters] – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is visiting New Mexico to help victims of New Mexico’s most destructive wildfire. Daniel Encinias would like to be able to request a loan for a home.

The controlled burns that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), intended to decrease wildfire danger, caused Encinias’ residence and others to be set on fire in north New Mexico in April were unsuccessful.

Hermits Peak Calf Canyon was set ablaze by the Hermits Peak Calf Canyon Fire, which has claimed 320,000 acres (3129,500 ha) of land in Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This is an area as large as Los Angeles.

Encinias’ family and Encinias are some of the locals who were invited to Santa Fe, the state capital for Biden’s visit. He is expected to speak out about the USFS mistakes and federal compensation, as well as the wider issue of wildfires throughout the West caused by climate change.

Encinias (55) said that he doesn’t require an apology. He just needs a home.

A rancher turned retired electrician received $37,000 so far from FEMA, but not enough to build a foundation for his new home.

He is like many others in the low-income, second-poorest U.S. states. His house was built pay-check-to-pay-check.

Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Governor of New Mexico, visited the region on Tuesday. She told residents that she is working closely with federal authorities to ensure full compensation. Encinias stated that it could be a matter of rebuilding houses.

Residents who have lost their homes in the Indo-Hispano community are moving away, fearing that their centuries-old traditions may disappear.

To prevent another possible disaster, local officials seek federal funds. Summer rains which typically begin in July will trigger flooding and ashflows in areas that are damaged by wildfire.

Max Trujillo of San Miguel County said, “I can understand the way the government moves and how they try to solve matters. But it’s not at the pace that it needs to happen.”