Jun 2, 2011 6:12 PM by Greg Boyce
Gov. John Hickenlooper today issued an emergency disaster declaration for the Bear and Purgatoire fires in Las Animas County. The executive order authorizes up to $2.5 million in state aid to help pay firefighting costs and directs the state to seek additional funds from the federal government if necessary.
"Predicted hot weather and strong gusty winds coupled with abundant dry fuels indicate an aggressive response is essential," the governor's executive order says.