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Polis, Udall, Bennet try again to speed Boulder-area fire district land...

Last fall windswept fire ravaged Fourmile Canyon in the foothills just above Boulder for days, displacing hundreds of residents, causing millions of dollars in damage and making national news. The wildfire raised anew long-brewing concerns about how to prepare for such crises and has given new urgency to what would appear a simple national forest land transfer to bolster volunteer fire fighter efforts in the area. On Friday, Third District Congressman Jared Polis reintroduced a bill to facilitate the land transfer in the House and Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet introduced companion legislation in the Senate. The ten-acre deal has moved on and off the table between the Sugar Loaf fire district and the U.S. Forest Service for more than three decades.