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FEMA Won't Use Travel Trailers to Assist Wildfire Victims

FEMA is opting not to use travel trailers to help people who lost their homes in the wildfires. Some mobile homes are being made available, but so far they are only going to fire victims on Indian res

FEMA is opting not to use travel trailers to help people who lost their homes in the wildfires. Some mobile homes are being made available, but so far they are only going to fire victims on Indian reservations. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

When he visited San Diego after the wildfires, FEMA Director David Paulison said he would prefer to see fire victims given rental assistance rather than travel trailers to tide them over till their homes are rebuilt.

Trailers used on the Gulf Coast after hurricane Katrina were found to contain formaldehyde that caused severe respiratory problems in people who moved in.

FEMA spokesman Gene Romano says the agency isn't offering trailers to San Diegans.

Romano : There are no travel trailers that will be used for California wildfire applicants, the units that are being considered here are full size mobile homes.

This week FEMA is conducting site inspections on the Rincoln and La Jolla Indian reservations before bringing in 13 mobile homes for victims. A few dozen more mobile homes are at a staging in Riverside.

But Romano says rather than offering these to other victims, FEMA has deployed teams of people to look for places they can rent.

Alison St John, KPBS News.