April 13, 2022

Congressman Neguse Offers Condolences, Resources as Wildfires Blaze through Southeastern Colorado

Lafayette, C.O.—Today Congressman Joe Neguse, Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus and Chair of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, issued the following statement in response to multiple wildfires burning across southeastern Colorado. Currently fires are burning near Bent’s Fort, Fort Lyons and Cheraw. 

“Today my prayers are with our neighbors in southeastern Colorado with news of multiple wildfires burning across our precious public lands and threatening multiple communities. To those who have been displaced we offer our deepest condolences. To the firefighters working tirelessly to contain these fires, we commend your bravery.”

“Our northern Colorado communities understand this devastation firsthand. This year, my district has seen some of the most devastating and destructive wildfires in Colorado history. Following the Marshall fire, we were warned that fires of this scale could happen again. As those warnings ring true, it underscores our need to invest in wildfire prevention, suppression, mitigation and recovery efforts, so we are prepared for the consequences of the climate crisis. It is clear that in Colorado, we no longer have wildfire seasons—we have wildfire years. The urgency of our response must match the severity of this moment.”

As Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus, Congressman Neguse has compiled a Wildfire Resource Guide for Coloradans. View the guide here.

Background: 

Congressman Neguse is leading several efforts in Congress to support wildfire resilience, mitigation and recovery. As Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus, Congressman Neguse introduced the Western Wildfire Support Act, to comprehensively scale-up fire suppression resources, Tim’s Act, to raise federal wildland firefighter pay, as well as the Wildfire Recovery Act and Wildfire Smoke Relief Act to support communities. Additionally,  his plan to launch a 21st Century Climate Conservation Corps has captured the imagination of the American people and would put a new generation to work in our forests working on climate resilience and forest management projects. This week he sent a letter to House Leadership, urging them to consider these measures on the House floor. 

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