As fires have blazed across California in a record-breaking wildfire season, Governor Gavin Newsom is working to heighten the state’s wildfire preparedness, response and keep high-risk citizens safe. The Governor said this wildfire season has shined light on the realities of climate change. As the climate continues to warm, people can expect to see more catastrophic fires. He hopes the improvements and mitigation efforts will help the victims affected by the wildfires.
The state is working to hire 858 more firefighters and half a dozen California Conservation Corps crews to help support firefighting efforts. Money was invested in boosting the firefighting response by air. California increased its CAL FIRE air fleet with new FIREHAWK S-70i helicopters and C-130 airplanes. The state’s budget was altered to put more money towards firefighting. This year’s budget included $85.6 million in new and ongoing funding for permanent firefighting positions and to keep putting money towards CAL FIRE. To increase preparedness, the Governor signed a bill which will help Californian counties to develop and update their emergency plans.