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Why Did Colorado Officials Choose To Forgo Disaster Status For The Worst Wildfire In State History?

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The Fourmile Fire was Colorado's largest wildfire disaster in history. But in terms of becoming a declared federal disaster with assistance for individual homeowners who lost their property --- 169 homes lost to the tune of an estimated $214 million in insured loss --- last September's fire never made it past the starting blocks.

County officials are still shaking their heads at the fact the state of Colorado never even submitted the fire to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for consideration. As reports of underinsured homeowners have surfaced, local authorities now nervously wait to see how many homeowners can afford to rebuild, all while watching for potentially disastrous spring flooding in the foothills west of Boulder.

Read the whole story at NewWest.Net