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TOP CA STORY Wildfire Prevention statement from Gov Newsom

Newsom Rolls Out California Comeback Plan

At McClellan Air Force Base this week, Gov. Gavin Newsom highlighted the recent addition of six Cal Fire Hawk helicopters to CAL FIRE’s fleet. He also discussed his proposed $2 billion investment in combating wildfires and emergency preparedness, the largest in California history.

“Climate change has created a new wildfire reality in California, and we are proposing the single largest investment in wildfire preparedness in our state’s history – $2 billion for emergency preparedness,” said Newsom. “With new investments in state-of-the-art firefighting technology and equipment, and a focus on building resilience through fuel breaks, forest health projects and home hardening to protect our high-risk communities, the state is more prepared than ever to face wildfire season.”

The governor was joined by Cal Fire director Thom Porter and CAL OES director Mark Ghilarducci earlier the same day for an aerial tour of key fuel breaks in the Sierra Foothills made possible by executive action in 2019 to accelerate fuels management in California’s most wildfire-vulnerable communities.

The California Comeback Plan proposes $2 billion for disaster preparedness including action to support wildfire suppression, improve forest health, and build resilience in communities to help protect residents and property from catastrophic wildfires. Investments include $48.4 million to phase in 12 new Cal Fire Hawk helicopters and seven large air tankers, $143.3 million to support 30 additional fire crews, and an additional $708 million to restore landscape and forest health to be more resilient to wildfires.

The California Comeback Plan includes expanded investments for sustainable approaches to thinning California’s vulnerable landscapes and funding to advance approximately 500 fuel break projects. These efforts build on the success of the expedited 35 emergency fuel reduction projects that played a critical role in containing wildfires last year.


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About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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