The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control this week received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the amount of $1,920,291 to reimburse state and local agencies for fire management costs associated with last summer’s High Park Fire in Larimer County, Division Director Paul Cooke announced today. The grant represents a partial payment for 75 percent of eligible costs approved to this point for High Park Fire expenses incurred by the state. The funds cover labor, equipment, supplies and transportation, air costs, mobilization and de-mobilization costs resulting from the fire. Grant funds will be spent to reimburse state and local agencies as well as to pay amounts still due state and local agencies. Funds will be distributed through the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control. The June 2012 High Park Fire resulted in one death, destroyed 259 homes and burned more than 87,000 acres in Larimer County. The grant is part of FEMA’s Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) Program. The FEMA FMAG Program is a disaster assistance grant program to aid states, tribal and local governments with the mitigation, management and control of fires burning on publicly- or privately-owned forests or grasslands.
The High Park Fire is one of five fires in Colorado that qualified for assistance under the FMAG Program in 2012. The other fires were the Lower North Fork Fire, the Weber Fire, the Waldo Canyon Fire, and the Wetmore Fire. The FEMA FMAG Program is authorized under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief Act, P.L. 93-288, as amended and 44 CFR Section 204.