Drought news: Senators Udall and Bennet pen letter to Ag Secretary Vilsack asking for drought help #CODrought

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from The Pueblo Chieftain (Loretta Sword):

The senators’ letter voiced concerns from Colorado agricultural producers to protect against severe financial and operational losses. “As producers continue to operate under what the U.S. Drought Monitor has found to be extreme drought conditions in much of the state, it is critical that we deploy the resources necessary that might minimize the damages from this looming threat,” the letter says. It calls for all available resources to address the growing threat to Colorado’s agricultural community.

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Anthony A. Mestas):

As fires continue to scorch Colorado, the Pueblo Fire Department and the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office have ordered stricter fire restrictions countywide. At 5 p.m. Monday, Pueblo County adopted Stage II fire restrictions banning the sale and use of fireworks…

Sheriff Kirk Taylor said in a statement that because of the extreme heat over the past six days, data has changed significantly and now compels Pueblo County to act immediately to protect the community. “The conditions on the ground turned 180 degrees in less than a week. I am reinforcing to the citizens and guests of Pueblo the fire danger is far too high to take any chances,” Taylor said.

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