March 28, 2022

Congressman Neguse Issues Statement on NCAR Fire, Calls for Action on Wildfire Resilience Proposals

Washington D.C. — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse issued the following statement on the NCAR wildfire this weekend, which has burned close to 200 acres thus far, evacuated more than 19,000 individuals, and activated more than 200 firefighters across 30 agencies. The fire was within 1,000 yards of nearby homes according to emergency personnel and comes just three months after the Marshall Fire burned over 6,000 acres, destroying or damaging over 1,000 homes and businesses.

“I’m incredibly grateful that everyone is safe and evacuation orders have been lifted in the wake of the NCAR Fire this weekend. I lift my heartfelt thanks to all the first responders and brave firefighters working to contain the flames and to the state for their prompt response and assistance with air tankers to help fight the fire,” said Congressman Joe Neguse, Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus. “For Boulderites and countless other western communities, wildfire seasons are gone, and the threat of wildfire now looms large 365 days a year. Congress cannot ignore this threat any longer, we must move quickly to pass bold, transformational investments to support our firefighters, invest in wildfire suppression and mitigation and help our communities in recovery. I’ve introduced countless proposals on this front— to raise federal wildland firefighter pay, make historic investments in our forests and increase federal resources for communities in recovery. The Congress must act swiftly to take these up and get Colorado the support we need. This serious threat warrants a decisive and bold response.”

In the days after the Marshall Fire, Congressman Neguse unveiled the Western Wildfire Support Act, comprehensive fire prevention legislation to fund state-of-the-art firefighting equipment and programs and support recovery efforts for communities impacted by fires. Congressman Neguse is also leading the first-of-its-kind comprehensive, bipartisan effort in Congress—Tim’s Act—to overhaul federal wildland firefighter pay and benefits. His Wildfire Recovery Act has passed out of Committee and is pending floor action in the House. 

View Congressman Neguse’s Wildfire Resource Guide for tips on evacuation and more.