News Release: State EOC Activated to Support Statewide Wildfires

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 State Emergency Operations Center Activated to Support Statewide Wildfires

Centennial, Colo. –July 10, 2016 – The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to support the Cold Springs Fire in Boulder County and remains activated to support multiple wildfire starts within the state. 

The State EOC is currently staffed by DHSEM and the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.  More than 20 staff are supporting resource requests and providing technical support to the local jurisdictions.  In addition, both divisions have representatives working on-site in the Cold Springs Fire emergency operations center and incident command posts.  Additional staff is providing direct assistance and support to the Hayden Pass Fire in Fremont County.  

“We are working closely with local responders and coordinating with our sister state agencies to ensure those impacted by these fires are taken care of and maintain public safety in the affected communities,” states Kevin Klein director for the Colorado DHSEM.  The role of the State EOC and DHSEM is to coordinate the resources that are needed during response and recovery efforts.  

The Colorado DFPC is providing direct support to Cold Springs and Hayden Pass Fires. DFPC has deployed both Single Engine Aircrafts (SEATs) and Multi-Mission Aircrafts (MMAs). DFPC has Fire Management Officers (FMOs) assigned to multiple fires to provide direct technical assistance.  DFPC secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) allocation for the Cold Springs Fire to assist with firefighting costs.

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