VP Harris announces $600 million for California’s wildfire recovery efforts

California – Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States, paid a visit to San Bernardino on Friday to announce hundreds of millions of dollars in government support for wildfire recovery efforts in California.

“We are talking with homeowners and reaching out to communities to figure out how we can support them to create a community that is less likely to be so significantly damaged if a fire should hit,” Harris said.

A visit to a fire station in San Bernardino was also part of the Vice President’s trip, during which she announced that the federal government will provide California with $600 million in funding to help the state recover from the wildfire season of 2021, which was one of the most devastating on record.

According to official statistics, more than 2.56 million acres were destroyed in wildfires in California last year. There were 8,835 wildfires, which resulted in the destruction of a total of 3,629 structures.

In addition, $5 billion was allocated for risk assessment and response, $1.3 billion was allocated for disaster assistance, of which $600 million was allocated to California, and lastly, $600 million was allocated for the pay of federal firefighters.

Harris paid a visit to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, during which she discussed the $1 trillion infrastructure plan signed by President Joe Biden in November.

According to the Biden Administration, controlled fires and logging in high-risk regions will be increased by more than double.

Harris boarded Air Force 2 in Washington, D.C., at around 6:30 a.m. Pacific time and flew to San Bernardino International Airport. According to expectations, Harris will spend the weekend in Los Angeles before heading to Milwaukee on Monday.

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