WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has made a disaster declaration for the State of Colorado that will make federal funds available to areas affected by devastating wildfires in 2020.
According to a release from the White House, the funding is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged in Larimer and Grand counties.
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Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures across the state, the release said.
“This is welcomed relief from the federal government at a time when Coloradans and our communities impacted by these devastating wildfires need it,” said Governor Polis in a release Friday night. “I’m thankful to Colorado’s federal delegation including Congressman Neguse, first responders, local partners for their collaboration and efforts to respond to these wildfires and to secure these resources and look forward to building back stronger than before.”
The announcement comes about three weeks after Colorado senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner and Rep. Joe Neguse wrote Trump a letter asking for an expedited major disaster declaration.
The Cameron Peak Fire in Larimer County was the largest wildfire in Colorado history, at 208,913 acres. The East Troublesome Fire in Grand County was the second-largest, at 192,560 acres. Hundreds of homes were destroyed in the two fires, and two people were killed.
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