Senators Introduce Bill to Fully Fund Wildfire Suppression and Boost Forest ManagementJuly 14, 2014 11:29 pm
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), John Barrasso (R-WY), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) have introduced legislation (S. 2593, the FLAME Act Amendments of 2014) that would allow for the full funding of wildland firefighting budgets for the U.S. Forest Service (FS) and U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) as well dramatically increase resources for forest restoration programs.
“Congress must fully fund our fire suppression needs, but to reduce wildfire costs over time we must also thin our fire-prone forests,” said Senator McCain. “There are similar proposals in Congress that support suppression spending but don’t as clearly guarantee funding for forest treatment programs, put an end to fire-borrowing or promote the utility of private timber industry. We need to rethink the current practice of throwing billions of taxpayer dollars at wildfires year after year and begin aggressively treating our forests.” READ MORE