Preventing Wildfires

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Marie Waldron
Marie Waldron. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Assemblymember Marie Waldron Special to Valley News Wildfires are an ever-present threat in California. Last year was the worst on record with over 4.2 million acres burned. As everyone likely remembers, local fires such as the Cedar, Witch, Cocos, Guejito and Lilac fires, have devastated this region as well. We’ve been spending billions trying to prevent and fight wildfires, but the situation has worsened. What we’ve been doing simply hasn’t worked. We need a comprehensive, multipronged approach to preventing wildfires, which is why I am joining Assemblymember James Gallagher of Yuba City to co-author Assembly Bill 297, the Wildfire Prevention and Forest Resiliency Act of 2021. The bill allocated $500 million annually from the existing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to provi
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