Colorado delegation asks FEMA to extend more support to fire victims

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Waldo Canyon Fire area, Dave Young tour, July 2, 2012

Waldo Canyon Fire area, Dave Young tour, July 2, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Colorado delegation wants to expand Presidential disaster aid to victims of Colorado’s two biggest wildfires.

The Colorado Congressional delegation asked FEMA Thursday to provide housing support, small business disaster loans and other individual assistance for those affected by the Waldo Canyon and High Park fires.

Citing that the two fires claimed six lives, burned over 200,000 acres and destroyed over 650 homes, the delegation wrote that “small businesses in Colorado urgently need access to economic injury loans in order to help the affected communities recover from the economic aftershocks of these fires.”

President Obama has already declared the Waldo Canyon and High Park fires major federal disaster areas as a response to a request from Governor John Hickenlooper and a letter from the delegation.

“Adding individual assistance to the declaration will automatically make homes and businesses in affected counties eligible for these funding streams and provide new housing assistance to families who are now homeless,” the delegation wrote in the most recent letter.