DENVER — The head of Colorado’s largest municipal fire department said Wednesday that he’s asking for $1.3 million in relief and $1 million in cash to help rebuild after a massive wildfire ravaged parts of the state.
The mayor of Greeley, which has about 1,500 residents, said that he’ll ask the state legislature to increase a 1.8 percent sales tax on fuel used to fuel the fires.
That tax, which was approved by voters last November, is already applied to electric vehicles and fuel-efficient vehicles, he said in a statement.
The governor’s office said the state would seek additional support from the federal government.
The fire, which began Jan. 7 and destroyed homes, destroyed about 10,000 structures and forced evacuations for many residents.
It killed at least two people.
Colorado has one of the highest wildfire death rates in the country.
It has been on the fire’s path for a month, burning through more than 30,000 acres and threatening thousands of homes.
John Hickenlooper said Tuesday that the state is taking a “time-limited approach” to rebuilding.
The fire has destroyed at least one home and is threatening more.