SPOKANE — The state’s commissioner of Public Lands released a proposal Monday that provides some $63 million each year to fight wildfires and take steps to prevent them in the first place.
The bill would be the largest investment Washington has ever made to expand its wildfire team and restore the health of forests, the commissioner’s office said.
“Wildfire poses a clear and present danger to the health of Washington’s people, environment and economy,” Public Lands commissioner Hilary Franz said.
The bill is designed to “reclaim the clear, blue summer skies we know and love,” Franz said.
The bill will be introduced in the state House of Representatives by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-West Seattle.