Senator Dianne Feinstein Says Senate Approves New Funding for Combating California Wildfires

“As we continue to battle wildfires across California, I thank my Senate colleagues for agreeing to provide additional resources to combat these deadly fires.

 “The funding package passed by the Senate today includes $5.1 billion to fight wildfires, a $1.2 billion increase over last year. Those funds will directly support firefighters on the ground and future wildfire prevention efforts.

“The bill also directs the federal government to use the new authorities we secured in last year’s farm bill to help expedite the removal of the 147 million dead and dying trees in California’s forests.

“Today, several wildfires continue to burn throughout California, endangering homes and lives. At the same time, the state is still recovering from last year’s historic wildfires, including the Camp Fire that killed 85 people and destroyed 14,000 homes. With hurricane force winds, I’m afraid this year’s wildfires could be just as devastating.

November 1, 2019 – Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Thursday released the following statement after helping securing additional wildfire funding and resources in the package of funding bills passed by the Senate.

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