Cost for fighting fires nears $40M |

Cost for fighting fires nears $40M

State officials are scrambling to find emergency cash to pay for the destructive wildfires sweeping across Colorado — costs now approaching $40 million as fires continue to rage and spark anew.

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration already has authorized the transfer of more than $39 million for the costs of fighting the High Park, Springer and Stuart Hole fires. Officials say more money is expected to soon be transferred for the Waldo Canyon and Weber fires.

Henry Sobanet, the governor’s budget director, said the funds shuffling has been challenging because of the timing: the state’s current fiscal year ends in June, so there’s less flexibility left in the budget because so much funding has already been encumbered.


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