Image from the Black Forest Fire, June 2013
Gov. John Hickenlooper has submitted a request to FEMA for a presidential major disaster declaration for El Paso and Fremont counties.
The requests come as a result of the Black Forest and Royal Gorge wildfires.
The governor's letter reads in part:
“In the past year, El Paso County has suffered two historic fires, setting state records each time for the greatest number of destroyed residences. In addition, the County and utility providers serving the incident area incurred over $11.4 million in emergency and permanent disaster costs.
“In the past year, Fremont County and the City of Canon City suffered the physical and economic effects of the Waldo Canyon, Royal Gorge and Bull Gulch fires. Unemployment in Canon City is higher than the state average and the Royal Gorge Fire caused the immediate unemployment of another 150 persons."
The letter requests support including public assistance, crisis counseling, disaster unemployment assistance, and disaster and economic injury loans.