A file photo of the Grizzly Creek Fire. Photo courtesy of Summit Fire & EMS.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order on Wednesday declaring a "state of disaster emergency" due to the extensive damage that the Grizzly Creek Fire near Glenwood Springs has caused to Interstate 70.

The goal of the order is to enable state agencies to coordinate, as well as to make resources available for fire-related costs, including suppression and recovery efforts. The order is set to help with resources for up to 36 months from September 9.

According to the Denver Channel, the estimated cost for repairs is around $10 million.

Damages to the interstate include damage to the road, bridges, fiber optic cables, and signage. The blaze has also made flash flooding a major risk on the impacted stretch.

The order will also allow the Colorado Department of Transportation to seek federal funds.

As of September 10, the Grizzly Creek Fire has reached 32,464 acres with 91 percent containment. This is the blaze that's best known for shutting down a large stretch of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon for more than a week.

See the full order here.

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