Lawmakers Work on Wildfire Funding

wildfireMEDFORD, Ore. — The hundreds of thousands of acres burning in Oregon and Washington has prompted lawmakers to take action.

Senator Ron Wyden is working with Idaho Senator Mike Carpo to secure more than $600 million of funding from the supplemental funding to this year’s fire season. Senator Wyden is also pushing to allow the largest and most devastating fires access to federal disaster funding.

He said the move would allow federal money to be spent in the most efficient way possible.

“The largest fires, about 1 percent of them, which eats up 30 percent of the fire budget. We’d like to have them paid for out of disaster funding,” Wyden said.

Senator Wyden didn’t have an answer as to when or if this additional funding would come through. He said he is very hopeful and believes those in Washington, D.C. know the urgent situation in the West.

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