US to Add $103 Million to Support Wildfire Reduction and Burned-Area Rehabilitation

Following a briefing on Friday (6-17-22) held at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise regarding this year’s wildfire season, US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced that the U.S. will be adding $103 million this year for wildfire risk reduction and burned-area rehabilitation throughout the country. The same funding will also pay for the establishment of an interagency wildland firefighter health and well-being program.

Haaland noted that the U.S. is having one of its worst starts to the wildfire season, with more than 30,000 wildfires that have scorched 4,600 square miles (12,000 square kilometers). That is well above the 10-year average for the same period: about 23,500 wildfires and 1,800 square miles (4,700 square kilometers) burned.

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US adds $103M for wildfire hazards and land rehabilitation