5:37 pm - Saturday September 23, 2017

Colorado Receives FEMA Grant for High Park Fire Costs

The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control this week
received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
in the amount of $1,920,291 to reimburse state and local agencies for
fire management costs associated with last summer’s High Park Fire in
Larimer County, Division Director Paul Cooke announced today. The
grant represents a partial payment for 75 percent of eligible costs
approved to this point for High Park Fire expenses incurred by the
state.

The funds cover labor, equipment, supplies and transportation, air
costs, mobilization and de-mobilization costs resulting from the fire.

Grant funds will be spent to reimburse state and local agencies as
well as to pay amounts still due state and local agencies. Funds will
be distributed through the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and
Control.

The June 2012 High Park Fire resulted in one death, destroyed 259
homes and burned more than 87,000 acres in Larimer County.

The grant is part of FEMA’s Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG)
Program. The FEMA FMAG Program is a disaster assistance grant program
to aid states, tribal and local governments with the mitigation,
management and control of fires burning on publicly- or
privately-owned forests or grasslands.

The High Park Fire is one of five fires in Colorado that qualified for
assistance under the FMAG Program in 2012. The other fires were the
Lower North Fork Fire, the Weber Fire, the Waldo Canyon Fire, and the
Wetmore Fire.

The FEMA FMAG Program is authorized under the Robert T. Stafford
Disaster Relief Act, P.L. 93-288, as amended and 44 CFR Section 204.

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