New Bill To Boost Funding For Wildfires

(STATEWIDE) — Senator Mike Crapo has introduced legislation identical to a bill earlier put forward by Congressman Mike Simpson that would boost funding for fighting the largest wildfires by declaring them natural disasters. It is hoped the new approach, if passed, would stabilize funding for wildfire suppression, and make it easier on the
various agencies to keep their budgets intact. Crapo’s legislation is co-sponsored by Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden.