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Colorado Officials Continue To Ask For Money For Wildfire Repair

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Diana Webb took this photo on June 26 when the Waldo Canyon Fire exploded.

Diana Webb took this photo on June 26 when the Waldo Canyon Fire exploded.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado’s elected officials are still begging for money to help repair the damage from last year’s wildfires.

Sen. Michael Bennet and the mayor of Colorado Springs visited a ranch decimated by the Waldo Canyon Fire on Saturday. They’re trying to keep pressure on Congress to aid Colorado and other Western states that burned last summer.

House Republicans stripped funds for wildfire damage for the Superstorm Sandy relief package back in January.

The chief of the U.S. Forest Service says large, jet-powered, air tankers will soon be added to the nation’s fleet of firefighting planes. That will mean the addition of seven tankers to boost firefighting efforts. The nation’s fleet of large air tankers is about eleven. Nine of them are more than 50 years old.

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Wildfire Photo Galleries

- See images from the most destructive wildfires (Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

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