Funding sought for preventing wildfires

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DENVER (AP) Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet wants more money to prevent wildfires rather than fighting them after they get out of control.

Bennet said Tuesday it's cheaper to prevent them by clearing dense forests and conducting controlled burns. He told Congress that Colorado officials have the ability to do it if they could get more federal dollars.

The three most destructive fires in Colorado's history hit the state in 2012 and 2013.

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