Federal budget proposal would add $1.45 billion for New Mexico wildfire recovery

By Scott Wyland
The Santa Fe New Mexican
December 20, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Those who suffered losses from the largest wildfire in the state’s recorded history could see nearly $1.5 billion in additional federal aid if the funding request New Mexico’s congressional delegates added to the federal omnibus spending package passes this week. The money would bump recovery funds for the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire to almost $4 billion, and roughly $140 million of it would be earmarked to help Las Vegas, N.M., repair and overhaul its water treatment system, which was damaged in the fire’s aftermath. The $2.5 billion in earlier assistance, co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández and Sen. Ben Ray Luján, both Democrats, also came through a stopgap spending measure, although the one in September was much smaller than the $1.7 trillion omnibus meant to fund the federal government through most of 2023 headed to a vote this week. The aid covers damage caused by the blaze and post-fire flooding.

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