Increase Federal Funding to Tame Raging Wildfires

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Target: U.S. Senator from California Dianne Feinstein

Goal: Increase federal funding devoted to minimizing intense wildfires in California and Arizona.

Wildfires have thrived on the rich forested lands due to the unusually prolonged drought conditions on the West Coast and in California in particular. On the brink of the hottest part of the summer, increased funding to firefighting efforts will be needed to help contain the massive and dangerous fires.

Wildfires themselves are a natural part of the cycle of life in the forest and serve to return nutrients to the soil for new forests to grow. However, the extended droughts have led to out of control blazes that threaten the wildlife, mature forest ecosystems, and many houses and communities near the forested areas. Exacerbated by global warming and some of the hottest temperatures on record, they are sure to increase unless further steps are taken to tame the fires and prevent them from growing out of control.

In 2014, California exhausted its $209 million firefighting budget, then required another $70 million from emergency reserves. It’s time to tap into greater federal aid to contain the increasingly dangerous fires. A $100 million increase in federal aid would go a long way toward preventing environmental damage and habitat loss in the state’s most mature forests, as well as in protecting the residents and their homes.

Please sign the petition below to push for greater help from the nation in combating the increasingly devastating forest fires and preventing further uncontained destruction.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Feinstein,

I’m sure you’re well aware of the damage that wildfires cause to the state of California. The combined effects of prolonged drought and increased temperatures from global warming have raised the threat and potential damage of this natural phenomenon to levels unprecedented in modern history.

The state of California recently not only exhausted its roughly $200 million firefighting budget, it needed to tap into nearly another $100 million in reserves just to control the damage. A federally funded relief package to aid firefighting efforts could go a long way in controlling damage to the forest wildlife and to the homes and residents of the state before it becomes unmanageable.

I am writing to encourage you to promote this federal aid program for firefighters and forest protection efforts. An increase of a few hundred million dollars per year nationwide could significantly decrease the damage done and help keep the forests and citizens safe from this serious threat.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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