Lack Of Federal Funds To Impact Firefighting
Tom Vilsack and Sally Jewell
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell predicts this could be a tough wildfire season in California and other western states.
At a press conference with U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, she stated that budget cuts will create extra challenges when it comes to extinguishing fires on federal lands. A 7.5 percent cut to the 2013 U.S. Forest Service budget will result in 500 fewer federal firefighters this season. The lack of resources combined with the dry winter could result in a difficult summer fire season. Several large fires have already erupted in portions of California this month.
The pair stated that western states will face elevated fires risks throughout the summer.
Written by BJ Hansen