ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Sen. Tom Udall wants more resources available to fight wildfires in New Mexico.
The senator is proposing a bill that, if approved by Congress, would treat large fires as natural disasters and provide money to fight fires from a disaster account.
He says that would free up $412 million for firefighting efforts alone.
Udall says in the past, 30 percent of the budget allocated was used on just 1 percent of wildfires.
Sen. Udall also wants the public to help prevent and be prepared for wildfires.