Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Colorado battles Reservoir Road fire

The GovMonitor: Colorado officials have declared a state of emergency and authorized $3 million to help battle the Reservoir Road Fire in Larimer County. This is the second major wildfire to erupt along the Front Range in a week.

The funds will be used to help cover firefighting costs at the direction of the Colorado State Forester and other emergency response and recovery costs at the direction of the Colorado Division of Emergency Management. State resources are currently supporting firefighting operations, logistics and planning.

Gov. Ritter issued the verbal disaster declaration early Sunday afternoon and Senate President Brandon Shaffer, acting on behalf of Gov. Ritter and Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien, who are now out of the state, signed the written order today. Gov. Ritter is attending the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Leadership Foundation’s City-to-City Leadership Exchange mission in Portland, Ore.

The Reservoir Road Fire comes as firefighters have almost entirely contained the Fourmile Canyon Fire in Boulder County. Gov. Ritter issued a state of emergency for that blaze last week, allocating $5 million to help cover firefighting costs and $200,000 for non-firefighting expenses….

Smoke from the Reservoir Road fire in Colorado, shot September 12 by FEMA

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