Larimer County has been partially approved for a Federal Emergency Management Agency major disaster declaration for the Cameron Peak wildfire, allowing for funding for some recovery programs.
So far, programs for fixing public infrastructure damages have been approved, including public roads, bridges, water infrastructure and debris removal.
These programs also include hazardous tree removal on roadways and trails, right-of-way debris removal and additional dumpster placement around burn areas in the county.
The Larimer County Emergency Management will meet with the Larimer County Board of Commissioners for additional projects and programs.
The Cameron Peak Fire burned through Larimer County and Jackson County from Aug. 13 to Dec. 2.
The largest wildfire in Colorado’s history, it burned 208,913 acres and destroyed 469 buildings, including areas of the Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests and Rocky Mountain National Park.
If approved for the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Program, Larimer County will also be able to apply for funding to upgrade infrastructure to lessen the possibility of future damage from fires or floods.
In addition, the county has applied for funding through the Individual Assistance Program to provide money directly to residents who lost their homes to the wildfire. FEMA is currently considering the application.
In the meantime, Larimer County is moving forward with its partnership with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, working on waterways and drainage to protect against runoff from snowmelt and rain caused by the fire.
A risk assessment is also currently underway for the U.S. Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response Assessment, to determine where work is needed to mitigate flooding and debris flows. These repairs will continue in the spring.
Additional information on Larimer County’s recovery programs is available at larimer.org/cpf.