• Electric co-ops sponsor relief fund for Black Forest Fire victims


    Colorado cooperatives banding together to help Mountain View Electric members

    DENVER, Colo. – More than 500 electric cooperative members in Colorado had their homes and businesses destroyed in the June 2013 Black Forest Fire northeast of Colorado Springs. La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) and the state’s 21 additional electric co-ops are inviting their members to assist these members of Mountain View Electric Association (MVEA) recover by making a donation to the Black Forest Fire Electric Co-op Relief Fund.

    The Colorado Rural Electric Association (CREA) has established this relief fund to raise money that will be donated to charitable organizations assisting those within the fire area.

    The Black Forest Fire is now the most destructive fire in Colorado history. Ignited Tuesday, June 11, it burned more than 15,000 acres, claimed two lives, destroyed 509 homes (at last count) and disrupted thousands of lives, all within MVEA’s service territory.

    Tri-State Generation and Transmission, which supplies power to MVEA, lost three sections of line, but was able to restore power by Monday morning, June 17, before the fire was completely contained. MVEA crews were also given full access to the fire area Monday and have been steadily working to restore power to those whose homes are undamaged.

    Tax-deductible donations may be made to the Black Forest Fire Electric Co-op Relief Fund by mailing a check or money order, made payable to CEEI/Black Forest Fire Fund, to: Colorado Rural Electric Association/Black Forest Fire Fund, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216. Include name, address, email and phone number, and note if a receipt is requested. CEEI is CREA’s 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Credit cards cannot be accepted.

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