DENVER — Friday, June 14, 2013 — Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order to declare a disaster emergency due to the Big Meadows Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park in Grand County. The order authorizes $15,000 from the Disaster Emergency Fund to help pay for the use of a National Guard helicopter in the Big Meadows Fire.
“On June 10, 2013, lightning started the Big Meadows Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park. On June 11 and 12, 2013, extreme fire weather conditions caused the fire to grow in size from less than 10 acres to over 400 acres. Due to the fire growth, firefighters are now deployed in steep, rugged terrain with limited vehicle access. On the evening of June 12, 2013, the Type II Incident Management Team assuming management of this fire requested a Colorado National Guard helicopter for rescue and/or medivac, if necessary, during this incident, starting on June 13, 2013,” the order stated.
The order can be found here.