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.
"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.
CA is taking bold, early action to protect our high-risk communities ahead of peak wildfire season.
Today we signed a $536M wildfire package that will go towards fire resilience efforts including fuel breaks, forest health projects, and home hardening across the state. pic.twitter.com/rCINM2VRpT
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) April 13, 2021