"I spent time with the Little Bear incident commander and regional team and was very impressed with their coordination. These federal dollars are going to Lincoln County for the tremendous work the community has done to restore the area."
In June 2012, the Little Bear Fire burned almost 45,000 acres, destroyed over 250 homes and structures, and damaged six local watersheds, becoming one of the most destructive fires in state history. In July 2012, the communities also experienced heavy post-fire flooding as a result of runoff from the fire burn scar.
Udall and retired Sen. Jeff Bingaman sent a letter to President Obama in August 2012 requesting disaster declarations from the federal government to offset the cost to the state and affected communities. Read more