H.R. 4609 relates to Dolores County in southwest Colorado, which is home to part of the 1.8 million acre San Juan National Forest. As a neighbor to this forest, the County plays an active role in fire suppression efforts and emergency response on both private and public lands. After two failed attempts to acquire an appropriate site for a fire station failed due to insufficient space or accessibility constraints, the County began working with the U.S. Forest Service and local stakeholders to identify suitable property. H.R. 4609 implements the resulting agreement by authorizing the County to buy 3.61 acres of Forest Service land for the West Fork Fire Station. The County will pay all conveyance costs, as well as the cost of site preparation, construction, equipping and manning the fire station.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Dec 11, 2017.
West Fork Fire Station Act of 2017
This bill directs the Department of Agriculture, on receiving a request from Dolores County in Colorado, to convey to the county, without consideration, approximately 3.61 acres of National Forest System land in the county to be used for a fire station, related infrastructure, and roads to facilitate access to and through such land.