Facing up to the risks and costs of wildfires

HB 1168 the Wildfire Response, Forest Restoration and Community Resilience Act is a comprehensive, realistic action plan to address our escalating wildfires and smoke filled summers. Last year was the most destructive yet, overwhelming Washington State Department of Natural Resources's firefighting personnel and equipment and showed that the timeline for treating at-risk forests must be accelerated. Also the towns of Malden and Pine City were almost destroyed. The bill requests a dedicated fund for wildfires of $125 million per biennium from the general fund, which will be far less over time than the ever increasing annual costs we are now paying. Ask your representatives to support the bill.

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