Stimulus to CA: $1.5 Million for Wildfire Projects, So Far
Of the $33 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the U.S Department of Agriculture's wildfire protection efforts, California is only slated for $1.5 million so far and that's for Northern California. "The project work will include fuel reduction work near communities, Forest Service recreation facilities, and access routes and will also maintain facilities to reduce deferred maintenance while making crews available for fires suppression when needed." This comes as the state runs short of funds to pay for firefighters. More money is expected from the stimulus via other routes, but Governor Schwarzenegger has been pushing a yet-to-be approved 2.8 percent surcharge on property insurance. In 2008, the state experienced over 2,000 wildfires.