Individual Aid Denied for Black Forest Victims

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- The federal disaster agency has denied individual financial assistance for residents affected by the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs.

Published reports say a review of the June fire's damages determined that the area did not qualify for that particular grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Gov. John Hickenlooper applied for the presidential disaster declaration a week ago that awarded El Paso County many other types of aid. The governor has 30 days to appeal the individual assistance decision.

In the meantime, El Paso County and those affected by the Black Forest fire can apply for FEMA public and private assistance grants to pay for damage to public infrastructure, as well as unemployment assistance.

The fire destroyed 488 homes and killed two people.

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