Gardner Leads Delegation Call for Additional Firefighting Resources

June 11, 2012

Rep. Gardner (R-Yuma) called on federal officials to provide additional air tanker support to fight the blaze, which has burned some 30,000 acres (FEMA photo)

WASHINGTON – As the High Park fire burned more and more of Larimer County, the Colorado congressional delegation called on the United States Forest Service (USFS) to provide the fire-ravaged area with more resources.

Already, more than 400 firefighters are battling the blaze, which has consumed more than 37,000 acres in the state and destroyed more than 100 structures.

Today Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) urged USFS Chief Tom Tidwell to give the state more help, especially air support.

“We are requesting you act with great speed to coordinate, mobilize, and acquire, all necessary resources – including air resources – to respond to this devastating wildfire. We cannot stress enough the high concern for this fire; emergency personnel believe the High Park fire is a perfect storm of conditions and location. There is no time for delay,” Gardner wrote.

The other six Colorado members of the U.S. House of Representatives as well as both of the state’s U.S. Senators signed Gardner’s letter.

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