CALIFORNIA – Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to spend $2 billion to battle wildfires.
Gov. Newsom announced Monday a proposal that would pay for firefighting equipment and gear including new airplanes and helicopters. Newsom said the money would also help pay for forest management and the creation of fire breaks.
“We are doubling our historic wildfire budget from the $1 billion we proposed in January to now $2 billion proposal that was submitted to the legislature just last week,” Newsom said.
His $2 billion plan must first be approved by the state legislature.
In 2020, lightning strikes and record heat brought us the worst wildfire season in CA history.
Climate change is here.
We’re investing record amounts to prepare CA.
More black hawks.
More air tankers.
And more projects to make our state more resilient. pic.twitter.com/VfLrWn4ybP
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 24, 2021