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Gov. Newsom proposes $2B wildfire preparedness plan for California

Posted at 6:03 AM, May 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-25 11:11:05-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed a historic firefighting budget that would increase funding for California wildfire preparedness from $1 billion to $2 billion.

The funding will bring on more firefighters and equipment to fight fires this summer. It will be used to buy more C-130 helicopters that can fly faster and safer. The money will also be used to improve forest health, fuel management, and firebreaks.

San Diego County firefighters have been busy in recent days. On Monday afternoon, a fire in Ramona burned four acres. On Saturday, the Deer Fire forced the closure of the I-15. Last week, a fire in Lakeside burned dangerously closed to homes.

The funding must be approved by the state legislature. It is unclear how much money will be allocated to San Diego County.