Congress seeks better ways to fund wildfire fighting

Issue Date: September 27, 2017
By Christine Souza

With 2017 estimated to be the most expensive year on record for wildfire suppression, costing more than $2 billion, representatives of wildfire-prone areas say the country needs a more practical wildfire funding fix, such as funding them as natural disasters. Movement in that direction came last week when a bipartisan group of U.S. senators— including California Sen. Dianne Feinstein—introduced the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2017.

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