On Saturday, officials said the fire in northern Adams County does not meet eligiblity standards for federal disaster aid. The fire destroyed 13 permanent and 17 seasonal homes and caused at least minor damage to 15 more homes. The federal government requires at least 50 primary homes to suffer damage to become eligible for aid.
Homeowners with insurance should be covered, and Governor Doyle has directed state agencies to make funding available for temporary housing assistance. Authorities are looking at low-interest loans to help the others rebuild.
Prosecutors are also investigating whether to bring criminal charges against the landowner who set off the blaze with a grass fire that got out of control.