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4,167 Colorado wildfires caused record losses of $538 million in 2012

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"Colorado fire departments reported 4,167 wildland fires through the National Fire Reporting System. These fires destroyed more than 648 structures, killed six civilians, burned more than 384,803 acres and have caused at least $538 million in property losses," according to a preliminary report on the season by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.

Preliminary estimates for insured losses total $449.7 million for claims ranging from smoke damage to destroyed homes and the loss of personal belongings and vehicles, according to the report by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.

A total of 16 fires qualified for $48.1 million from an emergency fire fund that is funded by 43 counties and the Denver Water Board.

Five wildfires – the Lower North Fork, High Park, Weber, Waldo Canyon, and Wetmore qualify for $25 million in reimbursement – through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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