President Signs Disaster Declarations for Destructive Fires

President Obama has approved a major disaster declaration for both the Black Forest Fire and Royal Gorge Fire.

Scene from the Black Forest Fire, June 2013

President Obama has approved a major disaster declaration for both the Black Forest Fire and Royal Gorge Fire.

The Black Forest Fire was the most destructive in Colorado State's history. 486 homes were destroyed.

The disaster declaration makes more funding available, including some for help with crisis counseling.

In Fremont County, the fire destroyed several structures in the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. This will bring unemployment benefits for park employees and others out of work.


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