Biden admin allocates $5.9 million for wildfire resilience in Nevada

$103 million has been allocated nationally for helping mitigate fire risk
A wildfire in northern Nevada. Millions for wildfire resilience has been allocated by the...
A wildfire in northern Nevada. Millions for wildfire resilience has been allocated by the Department of the Interior(Ed Pearce)
Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 10:46 AM PDT
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (KOLO) - More than $5.9 million in funding will go to Nevada to improve the state’s wildfire resilience, the Department of the Interior announced Wednesday.

The funding will come from President Biden’s Infrastructure Law and will go towards fuel management projects across more than 14,000 acres of land across the state.

$103 million has been allocated nationally for helping mitigate fire risk.

The money will also be allocated to the Nevada Department of Wildlife through the Bureau of Land Management. The Department of Wildlife signed a $918,000 agreement with the state to restore wildlife habitat as a way to reduce wildfire risk.

The agreement, as well as the initial funding, are the first step in a five-year project that can go up to $10 million.

“As climate change drives harsher heat waves, more volatile weather, and record drought conditions, we are seeing wildfire seasons turn to wildfire years, threatening communities, businesses, wildlife and the environment,” said Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau. “Through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are investing in Nevada communities, advancing wildfire resilience work across the country, improving resources for the heroic firefighting workforce, and reducing the risk of wildfire.”

As part of the Infrastructure Law, $1.5 billion will be allocated to the Department of the Interior over the next five years to invest in preparedness, fuels management, post-fire restoration, and fire science.