Colorado’s full Congressional delegation is urging President Obama to approve a request from Governor John Hickenlooper to issue federal major disaster declarations for the Black Forest and Royal Gorge fires.
The nine member delegation also requested the Small Business Administration quickly approve a disaster declaration for the West Fork Fire complex in Southwest Colorado that remains 19 percent contained.
The declaration will provide economic injury disaster loans to businesses affected by the fire.
In a letter to the president, the delegation writes:
“At the height of these blazes, thousands of firefighters and other personnel engaged in combating the Black Forest Fire, the Royal Gorge Fire, the East Peak Fire, the West Fork Fire complex, and other wildfires simultaneously burning across Colorado... A major disaster declaration will provide urgently needed resources and support to the state, communities, and especially the families who have been uprooted by these wildfires.”
Read the letter here: