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 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.
June 19, 2002
Denver, CO -- Individuals and business owners affected by the wildfires in 56 counties and two Indian reservations are urged to register for disaster assistance made available by President Bush's declaration. Disaster assistance from the state of Colorado and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may be available to residents who have property or personal belonging losses not reimbursed by insurance as a result of the fires. To register call toll-free 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. Operators will be available from 8 a.m.