Udall, Bennet Press for Additional Firefighting Resources

Urge Senate to Supply Emergency Funds and Revamp Broken Fire Prevention, Management System

Amid a record-setting wildfire season in the West, U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet today called for swift passage of the president’s emergency supplemental funding request, which would allocate $615 million — accessible immediately — to fight wildfires. The senators also called for a vote on the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, a bill that would fix the broken system of stealing funds from prevention programs to fight wildfires that are already burning.

With persistent droughts, dry forest conditions and new wildfires starting daily, the West has experienced a particularly harsh wildfire season. At this rate, it is expected to require more fire suppression funding than the amount appropriated this fiscal year.

“We cannot afford to wait another year to fix this urgent problem,” the senators wrote. “We urge you to take up the President’s emergency funding request to deal with wildfire funding once and for all.”

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