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Federal collaboration to prevent wildfires

Courtesy: Congressman Doug LaMalfa's office

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Interior have come together to sign an agreement to prevent wildfires.

Northstate Congressman Doug LaMalfa was at the meeting between Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

In a statement, LaMalfa said, “The coming together of these two departments is a truly historic occasion. Both USDA and Interior recognize that the only way to successfully fight and prevent wildfires is to work together and share resources. When a wildfire occurs, rapid response is critical, and there’s no better way to expedite that process than to have increased coordination between departments. Newly appointed Interim Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen also agreed that thinning dead trees is a necessary prevention method. I appreciate her early attention to this problem and look forward to her upcoming site visit. The signing of this memorandum of understanding is a positive and proactive step towards unprecedented agency and department collaboration ahead of the 2018 wildfire season, and the bipartisan nature of this meeting shows that it’s not a Republican or Democrat issue, but an American issue.”

The memorandum of understanding means the departments plan to combine resources such as money, firefighting technology, aircraft and staff.

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