To the editor: We commend Sen.
As the cost of fighting fires rises, the
This proposal to strengthen funding for the agencies fighting fires on federal lands builds upon the already robust support FEMA provides directly to states, tribes and territories through Fire Management Assistance Grants, mitigation grant programs and disaster declarations, which have provided millions to save lives and support California wildfire survivors.
Recently, President Obama approved a major disaster declaration for the Valley and Butte fires, which provided about $11.8 million to help more than 1,500 survivors repair and rebuild their homes, and $19.8 million to communities to cover fire response costs and infrastructure repairs.
Still, more must be done. Congress should support the president's proposal to address the nation's growing wildfire suppression needs.
Fugate is the administrator of FEMA; Mitchell is the U.S. fire administrator.