California lawmakers pushing for 10 bills to help fight wildfires

California gearing up for another wildfire season. The Blueprint For a Fire Safe California is a legislative package aimed to help fight against wildfires.

Posted: May 28, 2021 7:11 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, CALIF. – California gearing up for another wildfire season. The Blueprint For a Fire Safe California is a legislative package aimed to help fight against wildfires.

Several California lawmakers plan to push the 10 bill package aimed to fight wildfire risks.

The 10 bill package includes expanding firefighters' legal rights to both seasonal and part-time firefighters and requiring utility companies to hire former incarcerated firefighters and conservation crew members with experience just to name a few.

“A lot more boots on the ground,” said Pearson of Nevada City “The more boots on the ground, the better you're off. You can't beat numbers.”

Pearson supports the legislation because past fires forced him and his wife to evacuate.

“I'm all for it,” said Pearson. “We've lived in a zone that does get burned and we've been evacuated several times.”

The package also includes two bills that are would help property owners in wildfire-prone areas, especially those who can no longer get or afford insurance.

Steven Hajik believes that the bills would also help farmers.

“The fires also impact agriculture a whole bunch,” said Steven Hajik of Willits.

“We've had stories in Lake County where people had their cattle burned up alive.”

Hajik also believes the bills are necessary.

“It's very important for the state and the economy,” said Hajik. “When things burn down, people lose their jobs and homes. It's a big deal.”

California lawmakers how to get this on the Senate floor next week.

Action News Now reached out to CAL FIRE and the agency says they're not able to comment on pending legislation.

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