Colorado scores $20 million in federal wildfire disaster funds #COdrought

From The Denver Post (Jeremy P. Meyer):

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will direct $8.8 million to projects associated with the Waldo Canyon fire, $8.6 million for projects related to the High Park fire and $2.3 million for projects related to the North Fork and Weber fires.

“This is a huge deal,” Suzanne Bassinger, Larimer County’s recovery manager, said. “We have been waiting six months for this.”

Work will include aerial seeding to spur vegetation growth on burned-out hillsides, road protection, guarding homes from flooding, cleaning waterways of debris and building sediment basins in channels.

Around the High Park fire west of Fort Collins, the money will be split between Larimer County and water providers that serve more than 300,000 residents, Bassinger said.

Around the Waldo Canyon fire in El Paso County, work will be concentrated on protecting homes in the path of probable flooding, Langer said.

From The Durango Herald

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will direct $8.8 million to projects associated with the Waldo Canyon Fire, which burned into Colorado Springs; $8.6 million for projects related to the High Park Fire, which burned in Larimer County; and $2.3 million for projects related to the North Fork in Jefferson County and the Weber Canyon Fire near Mancos.

Leave a Reply