Overview of Saturday
Bay Area elected officials gathered in Santa Rosa on Saturday with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, firefighters and community members to announce billions of dollars in funding for forest fire prevention in the recently adopted $ 1 trillion federal infrastructure funding framework.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act invests $ 7.5 billion in forest fire mitigation and forest health and rehabilitation, and $ 3.4 billion is dedicated specifically to forest fires. The $ 3.4 billion will increase firefighters’ salaries and include many prevention measures, including the mitigation of hazardous fuels – measures that could help prevent the type of devastating wildfires that have ravaged North Bay in recent years. years.