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Obama issues emergency disaster declaration for Colorado

2012-06-30 05:39:55 GMT2012-06-30 13:39:55(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

U.S. President Barack Obama walks around fire damaged homes in the Mountain Shadow neighborhood in Colorado Springs, June 29, 2012. Obama declared the areas earlier today as a federal disaster area releasing federal funds to help fight the blazes. Obama has declared that a major disaster exists in fire-ravaged Colorado and has ordered that federal aid be made available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by the High Park Fire in Larimer County and the Waldo Canyon Fire in El Paso County.(Xinhua/AP Photo)

Photo taken on June 29, 2012 shows fire damaged homes in the Mountain Shadow neighborhood in Colorado Springs. Obama declared the areas earlier today as a federal disaster area releasing federal funds to help fight the blazes. Obama has declared that a major disaster exists in fire-ravaged Colorado and has ordered that federal aid be made available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by the High Park Fire in Larimer County and the Waldo Canyon Fire in El Paso County.(Xinhua/AP Photo)

U.S. President Barack Obama walks around fire damaged homes in the Mountain Shadow neighborhood in Colorado Springs, June 29, 2012. Obama has declared that a major disaster exists in fire-ravaged Colorado and has ordered that federal aid be made available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by the High Park Fire in Larimer County and the Waldo Canyon Fire in El Paso County.(Xinhua/AP Photo)

President Barack Obama has issued a disaster declaration for Colorado, releasing federal funds to help areas affected by two deadly and destructive wildfires.

Obama's declaration Thursday makes federal funds available for emergency protective measures for areas affected by the High Park fire in northern Colorado and the Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs. Federal funds also are available for crisis counseling and disaster unemployment assistance for affected residents in El Paso and Larimer counties.

Colorado Springs officials say the Waldo Canyon person has left one person dead and has destroyed an estimated 346 homes.

The High Park fire has killed one person and has destroyed 257 homes.

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