SACRAMENTO, California – The California governor took a tour of a forest management project in Colfax Wednesday.
He was checking in on one of the 35 state-wide high priority vegetation projects, a work in progress to make fire-prone communities safer.
Visiting Colfax for the second time this year, the governor alongside Calfire leaders say 33 of the 35 projects are expected to be finished by December despite some obstacles.
“You need contract and contractors, you need partnerships and commitments. You also need the consent of the private sector. We have one project on Highway 17 that has 719 permits that we need before we even start the project,” Newsom explains.
He also signed an executive order for the hiring of 393 extra seasonal fire fighters.
Each will be distributed on fire engines across the state.
“One additional body gives you an additional body to carry a hose, swing a tool, reduce the workload stress on all of the other three typically on that engine,” says Thom Porter, Calfire director.
The governor also renews calls for more help from the federal government when it comes to forest management with more than half of California wild lands on federal property.
“We’re running these massive deficits they seem to be spending more money on everything except on this,” Porter says.
State leaders say California is pouring more resources into preventing and fighting fire this year than in recent decades.