Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced late Thursday night that the White House had declared the fire-stricken state a major disaster, boosting federal help for devastated communities.
The High Park fire west of Fort Collins destroyed at least 257 homes this month. And earlier Thursday, Colorado Springs Mayor Stephen Bach announced at least 346 homes had been destroyed by the Waldo Canyon fire.
Another blaze, the Flagstaff fire, was burning near Boulder, which appeared safe for the moment. At least eight fires were raging in the state.
“This evening we learned from the White House that our disaster declaration request has been accepted," Hickenlooper said in a statement. "We appreciate the quick review and response. With this funding we will be able to provide much needed assistance to our communities affected by wildfires.”