April 8 (UPI) — California on Thursday announced plans to designate $536 million to bolster the state’s efforts to combat wildfires.
Gov. Gavin Newsom and members of the state legislature agreed on the Wildfire Prevention and Resiliency Package, that includes $125 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction funds and $411 million in the state’s General Fund.
“Key parts of the Administration’s initial proposal have been supplemented by legislative ideas that will pay dividends over the years, such as greater investments in forest health projects, improvements on defensible space, home hardening against fires, fire prevention grants and prevention workforce training,” Newsom, and fellow Democrats Senate pro tempore Toni G. Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said in a joint announcement .
They included that the strategy incorporates public and private lands vegetation direction, community-focused efforts for prevention and endurance and financial stimulus for the forestry economy.
The statement comes after the California Department of Water Resources last week marked 2021 since the third-driest water year on record from the state.
The department reported that California’s major water reservoirs are in just 50% of their general capacity, together with all the state’s largest reservoir, Lake Oroville, at 53percent of its ordinary.