President Biden unlocks federal aid for Coloradans suffering after Marshall fire

Federal money is now available to help the victims of the Marshall fire, which tore through Superior and Louisville earlier this week, after President Joe Biden on Saturday morning approved Gov. Jared Polis’ request to declare the scene as a major disaster.

Biden and Polis spoke Friday morning about the wildfire, which is estimated to have damaged or destroyed as many as 1,000 homes and businesses.

“Governor Polis described the impacts and the need for additional Federal support, and the President assured him that every effort will be made to provide immediate help to people in the impacted communities,” White House officials said in a release.

With Biden’s declaration, Boulder County residents are now eligible for money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover temporary housing, home repairs, uninsured property losses and more, FEMA officials said in a release. State and local governments and some nonprofits can also tap into that federal funding for emergency work in Boulder County.

Residents and business owners suffering from the fire can apply for assistance at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

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