Luján Statement on One-Year Anniversary of the Hermit’s Peak Fire

Las Vegas, N.M. – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement to mark the one-year anniversary of the Hermit’s Peak Fire.

“Today, New Mexico marks a solemn anniversary of the Hermit’s Peak Fire that upended the lives of far too many New Mexicans. From burning family homes, disrupting small businesses, and impacting our farmers and ranchers, this fire started by the federal government, and the flooding that followed, devastated the people of New Mexico and our way of life.“As we reflect on this challenging time, it’s clear this once-in-a-generation fire deserves a robust response. That’s why I fought for federal resources and passed my legislation, the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Act, which delivers $3.95 billion in aid to northern New Mexico.

“While our recovery is far from over, this funding will go a long way to making New Mexicans whole. Now, the federal government must remain engaged and work together with our local communities to get this wildfire relief out to New Mexicans that need to rebuild and recover. These communities are strong and resilient, and we will rebuild together.”

This week, Senator Luján hosted U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack in Las Vegas to meet with impacted New Mexicans and state and local leaders.

Last year, Luján and the New Mexico Congressional Democrats successfully passed the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Act to establish the Hermit’s Peak Claims Office within FEMA and provide $3.95 billion for New Mexico families and businesses impacted by wildfire. The legislation also required USDA to cover 100 percent cost share for its programs.  The Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Act is led by Senator Luján and Representative Leger Fernández, and co-sponsored by Senator Heinrich and Representative Stansbury.  

New Mexicans who believe they are eligible for aid can contact the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Office helpline at 505-995-7133 with questions and for assistance with submitting their notice of loss form.



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