Gov. Hickenlooper declares disaster emergency for East Peak Fire in southern Colorado

Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed an
Executive Order to declare a disaster emergency related to the East Peak
Fire in Huerfano and Las Animas counties.

The Executive Order authorizes the transfer of $3 million from the Disaster
Emergency Fund to pay for the fire suppression, response and recovery
effort related to the fire since its inception.

“On June 19, 2013, the East Peak Fire was reported to state authorities
near the Boy Scout Ranch in the Spanish Peaks area of Huerfano County,” the
order said. “This wind-driven fire was quickly growing in size and
intensity, prompting the mandatory evacuation of the Boy Scout Ranch and
area homes. All available firefighting resources were committed to
firefighting and structural protection.”

The governor signed two additional Executive Orders today: one allocates
another $50,000 for the Big Meadows Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park to
pay for firefighting assistance from the Colorado National Guard; and
another extends authorization of availability of funds for multiple
wildfires in 2011 and 2012.