Wildfire Season Faces Budget Constraints

Wildfire Season Faces Budget Constraints

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May 20, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFDTV) -  Each year it is costing more to fight wildfires.  Twenty years ago, only 16% of the Forest Service budget went to fighting fires.  Today, it is over 50% and climbing.

In recent years, the U.S. Forest Service has borrowed from the restoration and maintenance funds to be able to pay to put the fires out.  Secretary of Ag Tom Vilsack, says more funds should be provided to prevent wildfires, such as removing dead brush and trees from high-risk areas.

Vilsack has been asking congress to change the way wildfire suppression is paid for and says having a budget for these emergencies is important so national forests can be maintained properly and reduce wildfires in the process.

Read more about the meeting and proposed wildfire funding reform.

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