Senators push for more wildfire funds

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Sen. Martin Heinrich and other lawmakers continue their push to bring more federal funding to fight wildfires.

The senators will tour Arizona and New Mexico this week.

Among the stops are the Apache-Sitgreaves, Gila National Forest and Luna, where the Wallow Fire burn scar remains.

The 2011 blaze was the largest in Arizona’s history, burning nearly 860 square miles there, and eventually making its way across the New Mexico border.

The tour is aimed at supporting a change in wildfire funding to treat them like natural disasters, allowing money to more easily be used for prevention, firefighting and restoration efforts. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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