California lawmakers push 10 bills to fight wildfire risks


FILE – In this file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, firefighters battle a brushfire in Santa Barbara, Calif. Democrats who control the state Senate said Thursday, May 27, 2021, that they intend to pass a 10-bill package to the Assembly in the next week as California rushes to simultaneously prepare for both an intensifying drought and what officials fear could be a repeat of last year’s record wildfire season. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department via A,File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Senate Democrats say they intend to advance a 10-bill package to the Assembly in the next week as California rushes to prepare for raging wildfires amid an intensifying drought.

The package unveiled Thursday seeks, in part, to boost state firefighter ranks long-term. It also would beef up standards for new housing developments.

One of those bills is opposed by homebuilders and other business groups.

The package also seeks to promote more prescribed burns while increasing efforts to protect individual homes from wildfires.

Two more bills are intended to help property owners in wildfire-prone areas who no longer can get or afford insurance.

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July 23 2021 05:30 pm

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