Gov. Jerry Brown, California Lawmakers Announce Plans to Address Growing Wildfire Problem

Firefighters scramble to get control as flames from the Pawnee fire jump across Highway 20, near Clearlake Oaks, on July 1, 2018. (Credit: Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images)

Firefighters scramble to get control as flames from the Pawnee fire jump across Highway 20, near Clearlake Oaks, on July 1, 2018. (Credit: Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images)

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Monday announced plans to improve disaster preparedness and develop policies to better deal with the wildfires that are plaguing California, citing the historic fires that hit the state last year.

For the first six months of this year, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has battled wildfires on 53,000 acres, compared with an average of 23,000 acres over the same time in previous years, officials said. On Monday, firefighters were working to control a wildfire in Yolo County that had grown to 44,500 acres overnight.

Legislation to step up planning was sent to a conference committee for consideration, according to a statement from Brown and Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate and Assembly.

“Wildfires and extreme weather are more destructive than ever and that’s why we must take decisive action to protect the lives and property of the people of California,” the governor and legislators said in a joint statement. “Tackling this challenge requires all of us to roll up our sleeves and to work together.”

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