US Representative Derek Kilmer:
With Washington facing another dangerous wildfire season, it’s time to pass the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act. This legislation would fund emergency wildfire suppression efforts through separate disaster programs, like those that fund hurricane and flood relief efforts. With this approach we can get aid more quickly to folks in harm’s way and can more effectively focus on prevention measures to better protect homes and businesses before a massive fire strikes. Take a look at this link for current information about wildfire danger in your county: http://1.usa.gov/1Lfx4x7
HR 167: Wildfire Disaster Funding Act
This bill amends the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to require specified adjustments to discretionary spending limits in FY2015-FY2022 to accommodate appropriations for wildfire suppression operations in the Wildland Fire Management accounts at the Department of Agriculture (USDA) or the Department of the Interior.
If USDA or Interior determines that supplemental appropriations are necessary for wildfire suppression operations, the bill requires the relevant department to submit to Congress a request for the funding and a plan for obligating the funds.
The bill also requires the President's budget to include the average costs for wildfire suppression over the previous 10 years.