Apr 4, 2011 6:12 PM by Greg Boyce

Governor issues emergency disaster declaration for fires

Gov. John Hickenlooper has issued a disaster emergency declaration for the Crystal Fire in Larimer County.

This declaration will authorize $1.7 million in state aid to help pay firefighting costs.

Hickenlooper signed the Executive Order declaration for the Crystal Fire, which started on April 1 approximately 10 miles northwest of Masonville. As of today, the fire has spread to approximately 4,500 acres, including federal and private lands. Approximately 15 homes have been destroyed in addition to a large number of vehicles and outbuildings. More than 300 residences are threatened.

"Because of the fire's size and proximity to numerous residences in Redstone Canyon, Stringtown Gulch, and the area south of Rist Canyon and East of Stover Prairie, an aggressive response is essential," said Hickenlooper.

Governor Hickenlooper also issued an emergency declaration today for the Fourmile Canyon fire that happened last fall in the Boulder area.

"The wildfire stripped the burn area of vegetative groundcover and, as a result, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, the potential for sudden and destructive flooding and debris flow is dramatically increased," according to Hickenlooper.  The emergency declaration will allow seeding operations from the air.  The money will come from federal funds.







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