Colorado Wildfires (DR-1421)

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

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June 19, 2002
News Release
Denver, CO -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized federal funds to help Colorado battle a wildfire threatening lives and property. FEMA approved assistance tonight for the Million fire in Rio Grande County. FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh approved the state's latest request for federal fire management assistance when it became clear that the blaze was a threat to homes and businesses.
June 19, 2002
News Release
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.

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