California adopts 22 new laws taking aim at wildfire danger

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed 22 new laws Wednesday, Oct. 2, aimed at preventing wildfires such as September’s Tenaja Fire, pictured here. Shane Gibson photo
California is adopting nearly two dozen laws aimed at preventing and fighting the devastating wildfires that have charred large swaths of the state in recent years and killed scores of people. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, Oct. 2, that he had signed the 22 bills, saying several also will help the state meet its clean energy goals. The measures largely enact key recommendations from a June report by a governor’s task force and build on $1 billion in the state budget devoted to preparing for wildfires and other emergencies, Newsom said. Newsom signed the legislation as the state approaches the anniversary of the wildfire that killed 85 people and largely leveled the Northern California town of Paradise in November 2018. It’s just short of the second annive
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