“WASHINGTON – Congress considered legislation Tuesday that seeks to avoid a repeat of the disastrous 2017 wildfire season that ravaged Colorado, California and other western states.
A bill discussed during a U.S. House hearing would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to focus more on prevention of wildfires rather than emergency responses.
‘There is a clear return on investment from mitigation,’ said Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., who introduced the Disaster Recovery Reform Act. Every dollar invested in wildfire prevention saves taxpayers six to eight, he said.”
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