High Park Fire unemployment claims due Aug. 8

Workers who have lost their jobs because of the High Park Fire can collect disaster unemployment assistance, but must submit their claims by Aug. 8.

In addition, self-employed workers who were unable to work can apply for assistance, the state Department of Labor and Employment said Monday. The agency will deny claims filed after the deadline unless a worker provides “good cause” for filing late.

The week of June 10 is the first possible week for which the agency will award compensation. Benefit payments may continue through Dec. 29 as long as unemployment continues to be a direct result of the disaster.

The assistance is available for people who:

> Do not qualify for regular state unemployment benefits.
> Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment but could not do so because of the fire.
> Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment from the fire.
> Cannot reach their place of work because of the fire.
> Have been prevented from work or self-employment because of an injury from the fire.
> Establish that work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income.
> Have become the major support of a household because of the death of the head of the household.

The agency asks people who want to file claims to visit the Larimer County Workforce Center, 200 W. Oak St., Suite 5000, in Fort Collins, or the High Park Fire Disaster Recovery Center, Johnson Hall, south entrance, 950 East Drive in Fort Collins.

Or they can call the Wildfire Unemployment Resource phone line at 888-843-8382.


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