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Forest Service Shifts to Fire Suppression Strategy Due to Dry Conditions

Governor Newsom and Randy Moore, US Forest Service Chief Visit Wildfire Burn Scar

August 5, 2021

Chief Randy Moore, US Forest Service, earlier this week issued a memo to all regional foresters temporarily halting “managed fire” as a suppression strategy until further notice and prioritizing fires that threaten communities and infrastructure.

The action follows the Governor’s requests that federal wildfire suppression strategies be reassessed amid the extreme risk posed by current fire conditions, including in the discussion with President Biden and Vice President Harris last week.

Governor Newsom has also called for federal investments to support additional firefighting personnel, aerial firefighting equipment and long-term access to satellite technology for early fire detection.

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