Biden administration investing $490 million to help fight wildfires in the West

This funding stems from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act.
Biden administration investing $490 million to help fight wildfires in the west
Biden administration investing $490 million to help fight wildfires in the west(Brittany Peterson | AP Photo/Brittany Peterson,File)
Published: Jan. 20, 2023 at 1:08 PM MST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2023 at 1:24 PM MST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — The Biden administration is investing $490 million, earmarked for projects to reduce wildfire risks in seven Western states, including Idaho.

This funding stems from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act.

It’s geared towards clearing trees and underbrush from national forests, as officials struggle to contain fast-moving fires that are being made worse by climate change.

The announcement centers on the initial ten fire-prone landscape projects, that are funded and paid over the next five years.

“Today we’re announcing pretty much another half billion dollars, and a bucket load of this money is going to Idaho,” said Mitchell Landrieu - Spokesperson from White House Improvements.

The money will make fire prevention more effective in areas such as the Craters of the Moon, Hagerman Fossil Beds, City of Rocks, as well as the Minidoka National Historic Site.