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A new FEMA-administered program was launched last week to deliver billions of dollars in aid to victims of the Calf Canyon–Hermits Peak wildfire, the destructive force of which can be seen in this May file photo taken near Serpent Lake.

Southeastern Taos County residents have been skeptical they would receive compensation for damages incurred during the Calf Canyon–Hermits Peak wildfire and the floods that followed, but the federal government is pledging to provide assistance under the $2.5 billion Hermits Peak Fire Assistance Act. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced last week that it had published its Interim Final Rule for administering the federal Act, which promises to fully compensate "each injured person," regardless of whether they reside within one of the counties where formal disaster declarations were made earlier this year. 

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