FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2022
Contact: Joaquín Romero
Senator Diamond Calls on Governor, President to issue Major Disaster Declaration for Black Fire
SANTA FE – Today, Senator Crystal Diamond (District 35-Elephant Butte) wrote an open letter to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham calling on her to urge President Joe Biden to issue a major disaster declaration for the Black Fire. The declaration would allow for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help with cleanup and aid to impacted areas and residents in Sierra, Catron, and Grant Counties.
“The Black Fire is now the second largest in New Mexico history and it will have generational impacts on our families in southwest New Mexico,” said Senator Diamond. “Our communities desperately need disaster relief now to prepare for the coming summer monsoons, and to rebuild from this historic fire. I urge the Governor and the President to provide us with the resources we need so the residents, farmers, ranchers, and producers in my district are not left out to dry.”
The full letter to Governor Lujan Grisham is attached below.