Bill Ritter tonight declared the fire burning in a state emergency and made $500,000 available from the State Disaster Emergency Fund. Crowley County
The funds will be used to help defray firefighting and recovery costs in and around Ordway.
Gov. Ritter also has directed the Colorado Division of Emergency Management to seek any available federal assistance, including Small Business Administration loans, to help those who sustain damage from the fire.
"We will be doing all we can to assist the people of Ordway and Crowley County as they try to bring this fire under control," Gov. Ritter said.