California Approves More Than $500 Million for Wildfire Efforts

April 12, 2021, 11:21 PM

California legislators Monday approved more than $500 million for wildfire resiliency projects to try to avoid a repeat of more than 4.2 million acres burned in the 2020 season, the most destructive in state history.

The money, a total of $536 million, will be used to create fire breaks, remove vegetation, conduct planned burns, and harden homes at a time when 70% of the state is in severe or extreme drought, according to the United States Drought Monitor.

  • The bill now goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who initially proposed $323 million but approved of the agreement, saying it would...

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