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
June 26, 2002
Denver, CO -- Officials from the state of Colorado and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have established a Disaster Recovery Center to assist individuals affected by the wildfires. The center will open Friday, June 28, in Cañon City and will be located at: Garden Park High School (formerly Cañon Market) 210 6th St. at Macon Cañon City, CO
June 24, 2002
Denver, CO -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Housing program was created to provide individuals and families impacted by disasters a safe place to live, either through grants to make basic home repairs or funds to pay rent for alternate housing. In practice, each case is treated individually, and every situation is different. After the applicant's information is reviewed, a determination is made according to that person's need and the disaster assistance allowed by law.
June 24, 2002
Denver, CO -- The first disaster assistance checks have been issued to Colorado residents by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state and federal officials announced today.More than 80 checks totaling nearly $70,000 have been sent to residents with losses from the recent and on-going wildfires. In the eight days since the presidential declaration on June 19, almost a thousand Colorado residents have registered with FEMA for disaster assistance.
June 23, 2002
Denver, CO -- For the thirteenth time this year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized federal funds to Colorado to help defray firefighting costs. FEMA approved assistance Sunday evening for the Wiley Ridge fire in Gunnison County, Colorado.
June 21, 2002
Denver, CO -- City and county officials have designated a location for state and federal disaster officials to set up a Disaster Recovery Center in Glenwood Springs to provide individuals and businesses of the Colorado wildfires information about disaster aid. The Recovery Teams, provided by the state of Colorado and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be available from Wednesday, June 26 to July 6, at 1317 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Representatives will be on hand daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed on July 4).
June 19, 2002
Washington, D.C. -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that President Bush has declared a major disaster for Colorado, triggering the release of federal disaster funds for people besieged by wildfires that have raged across the state since early this year. FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said the President took the action following a review of the agency's analysis of the state's request for federal assistance. The declaration covers damage to private property from wildfires that began April 23.