LAO Releases Assessment of Wildfire Prevention and Forest Resilience Funding
September 3, 2021
Following a canceled wildfire budget hearing, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released a document that provides updated information on recent wildfire resilience-related budget actions. The document provides an update on the administration’s progress thus far towards committing the funding provided in the April 2021 Wildfire and Forest Resilience Early Action Package to specific projects and activities. Key findings include:
- The early action wildfire resilience package totaling $536 million has mostly been committed by departments.
- Of the additional funding provided in the June budget, $258 million for wildfire prevention and forest resilience has not been allocated yet to departments or programs.
- $500 million remains available for wildfire resilience should the Department of Finance determine that additional funding is necessary.