Rep. Titus Announces $5.9M to Advance Wildfire Resilience in Nevada
Washington, DC, September 21, 2022 | Sara Severens (202-924-1719)
Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-01) announced $5.9 million to support fuels management projects in Nevada on 14,655 acres of land around the state.
Washington, DC – Today Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-01) announced $5.9 million to support fuels management projects in Nevada on 14,655 acres of land around the state. This is part of $103 million allocated by the Department of the Interior (DOI) earlier this year to reduce wildfire risk, mitigate impacts, and rehabilitate burned areas.
This was made possible through fiscal year 2022 funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which Congresswoman Titus strongly supported.
“Due to climate change, wildfires are becoming more costly and deadly in the West, threatening homes and businesses. They burn hotter and last longer,” said Rep. Titus. “Nevada needs resources to help prevent wildfires, improve response efforts, and assist affected communities with recovery. This funding will not only meet these immediate needs but also addresses the impacts of the climate crisis head-on.”
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law investments in wildland fire management in Nevada will increase fuels treatment in areas with high wildfire hazard potential, helping to protect homes and businesses in the wildland-urban interface, and public drinking water.
A portion of this year’s wildfire resilience funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will be used to continue the development of a wildfire risk mapping and mitigation tool which is being developed jointly with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. The tool will assist land managers in collectively identifying potential wildfire risks and sharing planned and accomplished mitigation activities. The law also provides increased support to the Joint Fire Science Program, an interagency partnership with the USDA Forest Service that funds wildfire science research projects.