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A New Bucket of Cold Hard Cash to Douse CA Forest Fires?

March 7, 2008

Sacramento, CA – Dousing the flames of forest fires in California may soon be done with a new bucket of cold, hard cash. A bill called the “FLAME Act” -- Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement Act -- has been introduced in Congress that would help pay for the most expensive fires in California and other states, instead of draining the Forest Service budget to foot the bills.

The bill would help stretch Forest Service resources in California and beyond by setting up a separate fund to cover the most expensive fires, instead of draining cash away from other Forest Service work like campground maintenance. Jaelith Hall-Rivera, a wildfire policy analyst with The Wilderness Society, likes the idea.

"A change in the way we think about federal fire management is critical, and funding suppression differently, as this bill proposes, is a key step in the right direction."

Hall-Rivera says the legislation could also help set the stage for more guidelines on letting some fires burn naturally to restore forest health.

"We also need to continue to focus on managing fire cost-effectively, restoring our forests to a state where fire can once again play its natural role."

Critics question where the money will come from for the new fund.

Deborah Smith/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - CA