Colorado to Receive Federal Relief to Help Recover Costs of Fourmile Fire Suppression

Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today announced that the Colorado State Forest Service will receive a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help cover the costs of the effort to battle the Fourmile Canyon Fire in Boulder County. The Colorado State Forest Service will receive a $1,153,681.50 grant from FEMA, which will cover 75 percent of the cost of containment and suppression efforts.

“The men and women who have courageously fought to extinguish the flames at Fourmile Canyon, saving property and protecting lives, deserve of our thanks and continued support,” said Bennet. “With state budgets stretched thin, this relief will help alleviate the financial strain placed on the Colorado State Forest Service and Boulder County, which have done a tremendous job in protecting local communities from the devastating effects of wildfire.”  

The Fourmile Canyon Fire, which began Sept. 6, 2010 and burned through Sept. 17, 2010, was among the most destructive fire in Colorado history.  More than 100 properties were damaged or destroyed and families are still struggling to recover from the damage.