USDA To Invest in Wildfire Barrier Expansions

Funding will support firefighter response efforts in five states.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is contributing $63 million toward the expansion of wildfire barriers in the Western states. This funding will help the Forest Service create fuel breaks in large areas of land that receive prescribed burns to prevent wildfire spread, in areas in Colorado, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

“For nearly a decade, scientists at the USDA Forest Service and risk management experts have tested and refined building these defensible spaces before a wildfire starts,” said Secretary Vilsack. “With climate change fueling the wildfire crisis, we are investing in this work through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda on an even larger scale as one of the many actions we are taking to protect the people and communities we serve.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Vilsack as he supports efforts to prevent wildfires in the Western U.S.
  • For Forest Service officials as they support wildfire risk prevention.

Sources: Department of Agriculture


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