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Bisbee City Council approves request for funds covering fire

Posted at 9:17 PM, May 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-19 00:18:16-04

After declaring a state of emergency for Monday night's fire in Old Bisbee -- The city is looking to the state of Arizona to provide funding to them in order to pay for the personnel used to battle the fire. 

The fire quickly burned five acres and made it's way up the mountain near Star Avenue and Moon Canyon. Many people in town believe the fire could have been much worse without the efforts of the firefighters. 

With the state of emergency declared, the Bisbee City Council approved resolution 17-06 which authorized Mayor, David Smith to request state funding.



The request would cover firefighter efforts to battle the fire. 

The city of Bisbee is requesting up to $100,000. 

"We don't know for sure yet but we're hoping that there are funds available to cover all of it or at least part of it," says Bisbee City Councilwoman, Anna Cline. 

The requested would cover costs from planes dropping retardant, hot shot crews, equipment used by other agencies and the overtime firefighters worked to help battle the fire. 

"The efforts were tremendous and they did an excellent job. I think it was estimated we had 80 firefighters at one time," says Cline. 

The request will now head to the Board of Supervisors before heading to the state.