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Udalls ask appropriations committee for more emergency funding to fight fires

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) Thursday asked leaders on the powerful House Appropriations Committee to provide emergency supplemental funds for fighting wildfires in Colorado and the West as they take up negotiations on an emergency-spending measure.

“The Forest Service and other agencies currently are expending fire-fighting funds much more rapidly than they had anticipated,” said U.S. Rep. Mark Udall. “Obviously, these fires – and others that can be expected this summer – constitute an emergency situation, and Congress should act without delay to ensure that federal, state and local agencies have the immediate resources they need to fight fires and prevent them.”

The Udall cousins met with U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth on Thursday, who confirmed federal land management agencies already have spent more on fighting fire than they anticipated for the entire year.

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