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Aug 16, 2012 12:17 AM by Kate Richards

Senator Udall holds hearings on wildfires and forest health

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Speakers at a congressional field hearing on wildfires and forest health say more money is needed to mitigate wildfire threats.

KUNC-FM reports speakers also said Wednesday there must be a renewed focus on educating residents how to minimize wildfire hazards around their homes.

They made their comments at a hearing in Colorado Springs that was held by U.S. Sen. Mark Udall. The Colorado Democrat said beforehand that after recent wildfires in the western U.S., he wanted to hear what lessons can be applied to future suppression, recovery and mitigation efforts.

Scientist Merrill Kaufman on Wednesday recommended placing more attention on thinning the dense, lower-elevation ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forests on the more heavily populated Front Range, whether through logging or prescribed burns.

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