10-05-16 CO Gov. Hickenlooper declares disaster emergency for Beulah Hill Fire…

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Gov. Hickenlooper declares disaster emergency for Beulah Hill Fire

DENVER — Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order to declare a disaster emergency due to the Beulah Hill Fire in Pueblo County.

The executive order states:

“As of the afternoon of October 4, 2016, the Beulah Hill Fire had burned over 4,800 acres and continued to threaten the Town of Beulah in Pueblo County. Containment was at zero percent. More than 779 homes were places under mandatory evacuation, displacing more than 1,900 residents. Several structures, including eight homes were destroyed in the initial hours of the fire.”

“Pursuant to C.R.S. 24-33.5-706(4)(b), moneys in the Disaster Emergency Fund are hereby found insufficient to pay for fire suppression efforts related to the Beulah Hill Fire. Therefore, it is ordered that $4,800,000 be transferred into the Disaster Emergency Fund from the Controller Maintenance Trust Fund. It is further ordered that $4,800,00 be encumbered in the Disaster Emergency Fund to pay for the fire suppression, response, and recovery efforts related to the Beulah Hill Fire since the inception of the fire. Of this encumbered amount, up to $100,000 is authorized in accordance with C.R.S. 24-33.5-1106(2) for grants of up to $5,000 to meet necessary, disaster-related expenses of individuals and families whose primary residence was destroyed in the Beulah Hill Fire.”

The order memorializes Hickenlooper’s verbal authorization given Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. The Executive Order is attached to this press release.

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