February 04, 2022

Congressman Neguse Announces $2 Million Grant for Cameron Peak and East Troublesome Wildfire Recovery

Washington, D.C.— Thanks to ongoing advocacy from Congressman Joe Neguse, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the State of Colorado will receive a $2 million grant to help ensure Colorado communities have the resources they need to recover from the devastating Cameron Peak and East Troublesome wildfires. Over the past 2 years, Congressman Neguse has worked tirelessly to bring additional resources to Larimer and Grand counties.

“I am incredibly grateful to DHS and FEMA for continuing to work with our local leaders to authorize the support that is still desperately needed in our Larimer and Grand County communities,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “As our state continues to experience an alarming number of devastating wildfires, it is critical that the federal government provide ongoing assistance when additional resources are needed to rebuild. I am relieved to see this funding come through and we will continue to support those on the ground as they continue the long recovery from this historic damage.”

The East Troublesome fire grew sixfold in size in a matter of 24 hours and is the second-largest fire in state history. The Cameron Peak fire, which began burning in August, grew to over 200,000 acres – the largest fire in Colorado history. Additionally, the Marshall Fire, now Colorado’s most destructive fire in history, destroyed more than 1,000 homes and businesses on December 30, 2021. These fires, in addition to the Middle Fork fire, Williams Fork fire, the Lefthand Canyon fire, and the Calwood Fire, caused thousands of Coloradans to evacuate and significant infrastructure damage. 

Recently, Congressman Neguse unveiled bicameral legislation to increase FEMA’s wildfire recovery efforts and prevent future wildfires. The Western Wildfire Support Act will allow communities in Colorado and across the western U.S. to acquire the training, equipment, and funding they need to combat the increasing dangers posed by wild and rangeland fires. He’s also pushing to pass legislation in the House to increase the federal cost share on Fire Management Assistance Grants to bring more federal resources to bear in local communities.