Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell were among a dozen U.S. senators who sent a letter to Senate leaders asking for passage of emergency legislation to allocate $615 million for use in fighting wildfires.
The letter, sent Tuesday, was also signed by Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden of Oregon, Tom Udall of New Mexico, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer of California, Mark Udall and Michael Bennet of Colorado; and Jon Tester and John Walsh of Montana.
Fires are currently burning in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, and California, and both Oregon and Washington have declared states of emergency.
The letter was sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski and committee ranking member Richard Shelby.
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