DENVER — Monday, July 2, 2012 — Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two Executive Orders today related to different fires burning in Colorado.
The first order declares a disaster emergency for the Pine Ridge Fire, which started June 28 in Mesa County. The order authorizes $500,000 to the state’s Disaster Emergency Fund to pay for firefighting efforts. Additionally, the declaration authorizes the Colorado National Guard to help fight the fire.
The second order authorizes the Colorado National Guard to help fight the Eby Creek Fire in Eagle County.
Disaster declarations authorize the transfer of any funds in the state budget to the Disaster Emergency Fund, which is not funded unless money is needed. State law does not allow people who have lost homes or property in the fire to seek reimbursement from these disaster funds.
Verbal authority for each executive order was given June 28 and June 29, respectively. The governor formally signed the orders today. Both orders can be found here.