$1.9M approved for Black Forest tree removal

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - El Paso County commissioners have approved a plan to pay for removing trees on public property that were burned by last summer's wildfire in Black Forest.

The project was delayed because of a debate over whether the county should accept federal money with federal requirements, or just use county money to hire local workers for the project.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has worked with the county on fire recovery, is providing $1.6 million for the project with the county contributing $300,000 from its budget.

According to KRDO-TV, county commissioners said Tuesday they will continue to seek financial assistance for homeowners affected by the fire who can't afford to remove trees on private property.

The wildfire in June killed two people and destroyed 486 houses.

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