DENVER -

The federal government is giving Colorado about $2.5 million to shore up land burned during the devastating High Park and Waldo Canyon fires this past summer.

According to the Denver Post, the money is being used to help complete projects to stabilize soil, slow runoff and protect the watersheds.

Two people died in the Waldo Canyon fire, which burned 346 homes and 28 square miles in Colorado Springs, and one died in the High Park fire, which destroyed 136 square miles and 259 homes west of Fort Collins.

Several mudslides have closed highways in both burn areas.