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Gov. Hickenlooper declares disaster emergency for East Peak Fire in southern Colorado

DENVER — Friday, June 21, 2013 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed an Executive Order to declare a disaster emergency related to the East Peak Fire in Huerfano and Las Animas counties.


The Executive Order authorizes the transfer of $3 million from the Disaster Emergency Fund to pay for the fire suppression, response and recovery effort related to the fire since its inception.


“On June 19, 2013, the East Peak Fire was reported to state authorities near the Boy Scout Ranch in the Spanish Peaks area of Huerfano County,” the order said. “This wind-driven fire was quickly growing in size and intensity, prompting the mandatory evacuation of the Boy Scout Ranch and area homes. All available firefighting resources were committed to firefighting and structural protection.”


The governor signed two additional Executive Orders today: one allocates another $50,000 for the Big Meadows Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park to pay for firefighting assistance from the Colorado National Guard; and another extends authorization of availability of funds for multiple wildfires in 2011 and 2012.


The three orders can be found here: 013, 014 and 015.