July 29, 2021

Neguse Request for $358,000 for Jefferson County Wildfire Risk Reduction Efforts Passes the House

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse’s request for $358,000 in federal funding to support wildfire risk reduction efforts in Jefferson County—which was included in the House minibus appropriations bill—passed the House. The funds would support wildfire risk mitigation and help protect local and regional water supplies. 

In total, Congressman Neguse secured over $7 million in funding for community projects in his district to be included in the end of year spending bills. He also added an amendment to the Appropriations bill to increase federal funding for wildland firefighting by $2 million. In total the bill includes $5.66 billion for wildfire-related programs, a $385.82 million increase from FY 2021, which Congressman Neguse requested in a letter to Appropriators in April.

“As our communities recover from a record-setting 2020 wildfire season and prepare for dangerous incidents this year, taking action to protect our communities and local water supplies is crucial,” said Congressman Joe Neguse, Chair of the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus. “I am thrilled that our request for federal funding to support wildfire risk mitigation efforts in Jefferson County has passed the House as part of this year’s appropriations bill. These funds will support long-term capacity building and help prevent future fires from burning as intensely. This investment will, in turn, reduce the cost of suppression efforts down the road. I will continue doing everything I can to protect our communities from destructive wildfires, and to ensure we have the funding to be ready to respond when disaster strikes. 

Colorado's 2020 fire season was catastrophic and deadly. Twenty-five separate fires burned a combined 625,356 acres across the state and the costs of suppression efforts totaled over $266 million. This community project funding would cover current fire risk mitigation efforts as well as longer-term capacity building to lessen the community burden of future fire suppression operations.

Read Congressman Neguse’s full request here.

Neguse submitted several Community Project Funding requests to the Appropriations Committee, and has had remarkable success advocating for projects in Colorado’s 2nd District. This Jefferson County wildfire risk reduction effort is one of the 10 Neguse-sponsored projects to be funded by this round of appropriations.