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County Manager proclaims state of local disaster due to 416 Fire, drought

DURANGO – County Manager Joanne Spina proclaimed a state of local disaster in the unincorporated areas of La Plata County, pursuant to her authority as chief executive officer of La Plata County. Spina’s proclamation is due to the 416 Fire which began on June 1, ongoing exceptional drought conditions, and the potential for additional wildfires in the 2018 fire season.

The effect of this declaration is to activate the response and recovery aspects of any and all applicable local and inter-jurisdictional disaster emergency plans and to authorize the furnishing of aid and assistance under those plans.

Spina has recommended to the La Plata County Board of County Commissioners that the state of local disaster declaration be continued for a period in excess of seven days, and that the Board of County Commissioners consider this recommendation at a publicly noticed public meeting within seven days of this declaration.

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