Federal Agencies Unite to Address Wildfires

Interior, EPA, Agriculture, and CDC join forces in a collaborative two-year effort.

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, EPA Administrator Michael Regan, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and CDC Director Mandy Cohen announced a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance collaborative efforts in safeguarding communities from the impacts of wildfire smoke and promote land management practices that reduce the risk of severe fires. The memorandum outlines wildland fire-related priorities for the next two years.

“This year has shown the entire country and the world that wildfires don’t stop at a state or country line – they impact all of us and require a coordinated and collaborative approach… while also ensuring we have the tools we need to reduce the future risk of large, high severity wildfire events,” said Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland.

The memorandum detailed the agencies’ commitment to advancing public health preparedness, minimizing smoke impacts, and ensuring regulatory pathways accommodate prescribed fire use under the Clean Air Act. The agencies will coordinate the implementation of policies, communications, and programs related to forest restoration and community protection.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Haaland as she heads the Department of the Interior.
  • For Administrator Regan, Secretary Vilsack, and Director Cohen as they collaborate on addressing the health implications of wildfires.
  • For Chief Randy Moore as he oversees the over 30,000 employees in the USDA’s Forest Service.

Sources: Department of the Interior

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