PHOENIX, AZ (STL.News) Governor Doug Ducey is applauding a comprehensive effort by state lawmakers aimed at fighting the threat of wildfires in Arizona while expanding opportunities for low-risk inmates in the state’s correctional facilities.
Legislation introduced in the House and Senate align with Governor Ducey’s Arizona Healthy Forest Initiative, a $23.8 million multi-agency proposal that builds on proven methods to protect communities from the fires that rage across thousands of acres each year.
“Wildfires pose a serious threat to Arizona communities every year,” said Governor Ducey. “Our heroic and selfless firefighters put their lives on the line year after year to protect people, pets and property. Our proactive Arizona Healthy Forest Initiative is a major shift in our strategy to reduce wildfire risk and protect our communities.”
House Bill (HB) 2440, introduced by Representative Griffin, and Senate Bill (SB) 1442, introduced by Senator Kerr, support the Arizona Healthy Forest Initiative and wildfire prevention efforts. HB 2440 will be heard before the House Natural Resources, Energy, and Water Committee today and SB 1442 will be heard before the Senate Natural Resources, Energy, and Water Committee tomorrow, February 3.
Wildfires ravaged close to 980,000 acres in Arizona last year, the second most severe year for total acres burned.