Governor Newsom signs $536M wildfire prevention plan

OROVILLE, Calif. (KRCR/CNN) – There’s a new multi-million dollar plan to prevent wildfires in California.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed the $536 million package in Butte County on Tuesday ahead of this year’s fire season.

Newsom said, “Every year, we seem to break these records, but this year we’re also breaking another record and that’s a commitment to put real working capital to address some of the root causes, to focus in on our prevention and fuel breaks and to invest a historic amount of money in preparation of this year’s fire season.”

The money will help thin forests, build fuel breaks around vulnerable communities, and allow for more controlled burns.

It’s more than double the $200 million in funding seen in recent years.

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