Gardner Statement on Junkins Fire

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement on the Junkins fire burning near Westcliffe. According to reports, the Junkins Fire has increased to 15,751 acres and evacuations have been ordered in Custer and Pueblo counties. A Type I Management Team is expected to take over operations on Wednesday morning. Custer County, Pueblo County, Fremont County, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Governor’s Office are all working together to control this fire. On October 17, 2016, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) designated the Junkins fire as a major disaster. 

“All residents should follow updates on the fire’s status from the Colorado Division of Homeland Security Emergency Management, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, the Pueblo and Custer County Sheriff Offices, and take all evacuation orders seriously,” said Gardner. “My office will continue to monitor the situation and remain in contact with local officials. My thoughts are with the families who are affected and our brave emergency personnel who are working around-the-clock to contain this fire.”

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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