Both of Colorado’s senators and a Democratic congressman have written a letter to President Donald Trump asking that he issue an expedited major disaster declaration in wake of the state’s record-setting wildfires.
The letter is signed by Republican Senator Cory Gardner, Democratic Senator Michael Bennet, and Democratic Representative Joe Neguse, who represents the 2nd congressional district.
“Devastating wildfires have occurred across our state, forcing evacuations, threatening air quality and destroying homes and businesses,” the letter, which is dated Dec. 23, reads. “Given the historic nature of these fires and their devastating impact to our communities, we urge you to expedite the approval process so that Coloradans can have access to the resources they need to respond and recover quickly.”
Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, has also supported a federal disaster declaration for the state due to the fires.
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In the letter, the congressmen point to the East Troublesome Fire, which ballooned in size over the course of one night, leading to the evacuations of Grand Lake and Estes Park and damaging dozens of homes.
It also mentions the Cameron Peak Fire, which is now the largest in Colorado history. The East Troublesome Fire is No. 2.
The Grizzly Creek Fire, which also burned in 2020, led to the closure of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon and there are concerns about potential mudslides.
Read the full letter below:
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