Utah congressman prepares for aftermath of Pole Creek, Bald Mountain fires

Even though the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires are not out yet, Congressman John Curtis (R-Utah) is preparing for the aftermath. (File Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — Even though the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires are not out yet, Congressman John Curtis (R-Utah) is preparing for the aftermath.

Curtis brought together a group of local leaders on Friday, from mayors to county commissioners.

The county commissioners were quite heated and upset. One sent a challenge to the federal government and President Donald Trump.

“Why don’t you give us 50 percent of our lands back and you take the other 50 percent. For 10 years, we’ll manage them and you manage them, and we will see which ones look the best afterwards," said Commissioner Bill Lee of Utah County.

The county commissioners all believe more needs to be done to prevent these types of fires.

They said during a press conference all sorts of money is spent to fight fires like Pole Creek and Bald Mountain.

They believe we should be spending more money to increase timber harvest and reduce the fuels, to help stop these catastrophic fires from starting.

Curtis held the meeting to start talking about the mudslides and debris, and to tell the leaders to encourage residents to sign up for flood insurance now.

“The primary thing is keeping resources on the fire and then moving to the floods," he said. “I expect a very long and thoughtful review process. It was gratifying to me the head of the agency promised and made that commitment to me."

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