U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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Rep. Polis Statement on Cold Springs Fire

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Washington, July 11, 2016 | comments

Washington, D.C., July 11, 2016: Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) released the following statement regarding the Cold Springs Fire, which is burning two miles north of Nederland, Colo.  As of earlier today, more than 300 fire personnel and 24 aircrafts are working to contain the fire.  More information and updates on Cold Springs Fire are here.

"As the Cold Springs Fire continues to spread, our thoughts remain with Nederland and surrounding communities, as well as all of the families who have been forced to evacuate their homes." Rep. Polis said.

"I want to thank the firefighters who are working around the clock to contain the fire and prevent further damage to surrounding homes and wildlife.  I also want to thank the local government officials and volunteers who are providing continuous updates and providing sanctuary for residents.”

"I'll continue to monitor the situation closely and work alongside local and state officials until the fire is contained, and until our communities have fully recovered."

Earlier this year Rep. Polis helped pass key language through the House of Representatives that acknowledges wildfires as an eligible incident for ‘post-disaster’ mitigation resources. The bill would ensure states, tribes, and local communities would qualify to receive assistance grants for post-disaster fire mitigation.  Additionally, he has worked to protect victims of natural disasters from attempts by FEMA to collect erroneous payments that were dispersed through no fault of the applicant.

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