Colorado Wildfires (DR-1421)

Incident period: April 23, 2002 to August 6, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 19, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

August 22, 2002
News Release
Denver, CO -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Colorado Office of Emergency Management (COEM) and the Colorado State Forest Service recommends that homeowners prepare their property before they are threatened by wildfires. "During and after fire strikes, there are many precautions residents can take to reduce the degree of damage and loss," said Steve Emory, federal coordinating officer for the disaster recovery effort. "You can do a lot to protect your health and safety."
August 21, 2002
News Release
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved $9 million in low-interest disaster assistance loans. As of Aug. 20, a total of 2,724 Colorado residents and businesses have registered for disaster assistance. More than $251,000 has been approved for individuals to assist with temporary housing and minor home repairs.
August 21, 2002
News Release
Denver, CO -- The changing seasons are one of the simple pleasures of Colorado, and many will take the opportunity to get out and enjoy nature one last time before the first snow falls. This year, hikers and recreationists must take special care when traversing areas affected by wildfires. In addition to the obvious dangers of smoldering materials and a new fire starting, problems can arise because of a seemingly helpful resource, water.
August 13, 2002
News Release
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved $7.9 million in low-interest disaster assistance loans. As of Aug.13, a total of 2,652 Colorado residents and businesses have registered for disaster assistance. More than $247,000 has been approved for individuals to assist with temporary housing and minor home repairs. State officials have approved more than $392,000 in funds for Individual
August 7, 2002
News Release
Denver, CO -- The deadline to register for disaster assistance has been extended to Sept. 9 for individuals and business owners in 59 Colorado counties and two Indian reservations who suffered losses due to wildfires. "This additional time allows those in all declared areas, especially those affected by the recent Big Elk fire, the opportunity to register for assistance," said State Coordinating Officer Tommy Grier.
August 6, 2002
News Release
Denver, CO -- As Colorado faces the worst wildfire season in its history, thousands of state residents have had to evacuate their homes. With dry conditions still in place, the threat of additional fires persists, and because of groundcover loss, there is an increased threat of flash flooding in fire-damaged areas. Either event could lead to a new round of evacuations and homeowners should be prepared to leave quickly.

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