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Newsom Announces $536 Million In Emergency Funds Ahead Of Wildfire Season

Courtesy of the Governor's Office

Governor Gavin Newsom announced Thursday half a billion dollars in emergency funds for the 2021 wildfire season. 


At a press conference in the mountain town of Shaver Lake above Fresno, Newsom said he will sign the plan to improve the state’s wildfire response as early as Tuesday. Many of the communities nearby were ravaged by the historic Creek Fire last September. 


“We recognize that that requires efforts to do prescribed burns, requires efforts to get mechanical equipment out into the forest to prepare for those prescribed burns,” he said. “It requires more personal.”


In addition, the state’s Natural Resources Agency announced details of a task force that will help lead those efforts. Newsom said the collaboration on this task force is essential.


“That’s to connect tribal lands, private lands, state and regional strategies and plans with the U.S. government,” he said.  


With assurance from the Senate President pro Tempore and the Assembly Speaker, Newsom said the state legislator will vote to pass the funding plan on Monday. 

Madi Bolanos covered immigration and underserved communities for KVPR from 2020-2022. Before joining the station, she interned for POLITCO in Washington D.C. where she reported on US trade and agriculture as well as indigenous women’s issues during the Canadian election. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in anthropology from San Francisco State University. Madi spent a semester studying at the Danish Media and Journalism School where she covered EU policies in Brussels and alleged police brutality at the Croatian-Serbian border.