FEMA authorizes funds for fight against Black Forest and Royal Gorge Fires

DENVER - The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, has authorized the use of federal money for battling the Royal Gorge and Black Forest Fires in Colorado.

Both fires broke out around 1 p.m. Tuesday. The Royal Gorge Fire is burning in Fremont County, west of Canon City. The Black Forest Fire is in northern El Paso County.

The FEMA funding will cover 75 percent of the costs of the state's costs for "managing, mitigating and controlling" the fires, including equipment and supplies. The funding does not provide assistance to individual property owners and does not cover the cost of infrastructure damaged in the fire.

Fire Management Assistance Grants are provided through the President's Disaster Relief Fund.