Newsom Announces Surge in Firefighting Support Ahead of Peak Fire Season

Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced emergency action to increase the state’s firefighting capacity ahead of an anticipated difficult wildfire year. Using Emergency Fund authorization, the Governor approved $80.74 million for 1,399 additional firefighters with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to bolster fuels management and wildfire response efforts. Under the investment, a surge of seasonal firefighters, Conservation Corps crews, and air operations personnel will be made available.

Additional information on the surge is available here.