DENVER — Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 — Gov. John Hickenlooper sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting expanded disaster assistance for communities impacted by wildfires this summer.
“The current disaster declaration does not account for the significant infrastructure losses and repairs the communities directly incurred as a result of these wildfires,” the letter said. “We request that you expand the current major disaster declaration to include all public assistance categories and the Last Chance Fire in Washington County and the Woodland Heights Fire in Larimer County.”
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s public assistance for disasters includes resources and reimbursement for debris removal, emergency protective measures, roads systems, water control facilities, public buildings and equipment, public utilities and parks and recreation. The assistance will help communities work to rebuild and recover from wildfires.
“In total, 19 Colorado wildfires were fought during the same incident period. All of these fires stemmed from extreme weather and fire conditions that existed across the State. The statewide barrage of fires within such a short time period exceeded the state and local governments’ resources, ability to respond, and capability to recover.
On June 28, President Obama accepted the major disaster declaration request for the High Park and Waldo Canyon Fires.
A copy of the letter can be found here.