Todd R. Hansen, Daily Republic
FAIRFIELD — A new federal Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission has been formed.
The departments of Interior, Agriculture and the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday issued a joint announcement about the commission, which was a component of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
“Climate change and increasing development in the wildland urban interface are rapidly changing the complexity and response challenges for the fire service. It is time for us all to recognize that wildland fire is not just a forest or rural problem any longer. Urban and suburban fire departments that had no part in wildland firefighting 30 years ago are now heavily engaged in wildland fire prevention, mitigation and response. The wildland urban interface is now the frontier for wildland fire,” U.S. Fire Administrator Lori Moore Merrell said in a statement.
“This commission will pull together our partners and stakeholders to focus on community risk reduction, enhanced prevention efforts, and overall response and mitigation capacity that matches the wildfire risks within the nation’s wildland urban interface,” Merrell added.
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