Fire Money

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Governor Owens is authorizing 5.8 million dollars in federal funds to cover potential wildland firefighting costs in Colorado.

The funds will come from the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003.

Owens made the announcement this morning at Centennial Airport during an annual briefing on firefighting efforts.

The cost of the Picnic Rock wildfire west of Fort Collins rose to two-point-eight million dollars yesterday. An Emergency Fire

Fund set up to help battle such blazes had only 335-thousanddollars in it.

The fire has grown to 89-hundred acres, but is estimated to be 95 percent contained.

Full containment is expected sometime today.