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Gov. Gavin Newsom signs wildfire prevention plan in Butte County

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $536 million wildfire prevention plan to accelerate fire prevention across the state in Butte County on Tuesday.

Posted: Apr 12, 2021 9:03 PM
Updated: Apr 16, 2021 8:03 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the $536 million legislative package leaders agreed upon last week in Butte County. 

The Early Budget Action for Wildfire Prevention aims to accelerate fire prevention projects across the state.

The early action plan is part of the governor’s $1 billion investment in forest health and community fire resilience in the proposed 2021-2022 state budget.

RELATED: Butte Co. Cal Fire getting ahead of wildfires as state puts $536 million to early prevention measures

"This fire season and every fire season is just, what are we going to face next,?" said Beth Bowersox, who is a Cal Fire Butte County Dispatcher.

She knows first-hand what it's like to be impacted by a wildfire.

"I live in Paradise, my house was burned, it’s still standing, fortunately, in that regard, due very much in part to the amazing actions of our fire crews," Bowersox said. "I think to have these resources available to help in that prevention is really hopeful, it's really encouraging."

Bowersox also added, "We don't just want to put out the fires that happen, we want to prevent them from happening in the first place, not only as a member of the department that makes me proud but as a citizen of the community and someone who is a fire survivor I appreciate it and I appreciate the thought that is put into it."

Gov. Newsom has also authorized $80.74 million in emergency funds for 1,399 additional firefighters with Cal Fire to help with fuels management and wildfire response efforts.

Additionally, Gov. Newsom announced the state will expand the task force to deliver on commitments in the Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan.

The governor also toured wildfire preparedness work underway to protect Butte County residents.

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