Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson added $636 million in wildfire suppression funding for the Forest Service and Department of Interior in the short-term continuing resolution.
Simpson, who chairs the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, included the funds which had been cut and forced to “borrow” money from other programs to continue fighting fires. His committee oversees the budget for public lands agencies like the Forest Service and the BLM.
“One of the biggest problems with fire borrowing is that it perpetuates the cycle of catastrophic wildfires in forests that are not being adequately managed,” said Simpson. “Siphoning money away from resource management accounts during a bad fire year means that those forests will be more susceptible to devastating fires in the future—and when almost every year is a bad fire year, land managers’ hands are tied.”