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 5, 2002
News Release
Colorado received a federal disaster declaration June 19 because of wildfires burning throughout the state. The initial declaration covered 56 counties and two Indian reservations. All areas were designated for the Individual Assistance Program, which provides assistance to eligible households and businesses in the form of grants or low-interest loans. On Aug. 1, the declaration was extended to cover Jackson, Larimer and Weld Counties because of the Big Elk fire.
August 2, 2002
News Release
Denver, CO -- Local officials are providing a location for the Colorado Office of Emergency Management, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to establish a Disaster Recovery Center in Estes Park to assist individuals affected by the Big Elk fire. The center will be open Aug. 8-10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will be located at:
August 1, 2002
News Release
Denver, CO -- At the request of the Colorado Office of Emergency Management, disaster assistance has been made available to help homeowners, renters and businesses in Jackson, Larimer and Weld counties recover from the effects of the Big Elk fire in Colorado, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.
August 1, 2002
News Release
Denver, CO -- Federal and state disaster assistance may be available to help individuals, including Mesa Verde National Park Service employees, and businesses in Montezuma County recover from the effects of the Long Mesa fire in Colorado, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Colorado Office of Emergency Management officials.
July 30, 2002
News Release
Denver, CO -- If you are facing foreclosure or eviction as a result of Colorado's recent wildfires, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may be able to provide some relief. The Mortgage and Rental Assistance program is part of FEMA's temporary Disaster Housing program. Mortgage and rental assistance is designed:
July 26, 2002
News Release
Denver, CO -- Destruction from the Colorado wildfires has altered landscape and flooding has already begun in burned areas. One of the most important things Colorado residents can do to protect their homes, businesses, and personal property is buy flood insurance.

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