Colorado: Udall pushes for additional wildfire funding

Recovery in an area burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire, near Colorado Springs, Photo courtesy PSICC.

Recovery in an area burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire, near Colorado Springs, Photo courtesy PSICC.

Emergency funds sought to help preparedness

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — With some fire experts expecting another bad fire season next summer, a pair of Democratic senators from the Rocky Mountain region are trying to boost funding for the Forest Service.

An amendment to the Supplemental Appropriation for Disaster Assistance offered by Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) would allocate an additional $653 million for firefighting and fire prevention.

The funds would be used to pre-position ground crews, hot shots, and air support in places where wildfire risk is very high. The funds also would be available for the acquisition of additional large air tankers and the removal of hazardous fuels in the wildland-urban interface, the fire-prone areas between cities and the backcountry. Continue reading

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