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Gov. Hickenlooper declares disaster emergency for Hewlett Fire

DENVER — Friday, May 18, 2012 — Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order to declare a disaster emergency due to the Hewlett Fire in Larimer County.


“The Hewlett Fire’s proximity to numerous homes and property poses an imminent danger to life and property and, therefore, constitutes a disaster for the purposes of the Act,” the Executive Order says.


The disaster declaration makes available $3 million in the state’s Disaster Emergency Fund to help pay for fire suppression efforts related to the Hewlett Fire.


Hickenlooper this week also activated Colorado National Guard resources to assist the U.S. Forest Service at the Hewlett Fire. An Executive Order formalizing this action was signed.


The U.S. Forest Service, through the Northern Colorado Inter-agency Dispatch Center, requested the use of the National Guard Armory in Fort Collins as an incident command post and base camp for response to the fire, as well as a mobile communications van to allow multiagency interactions.


The two Executive Orders can be found here and here.