Capitol Games: Don't Expect Wildfire Help From Salem

A $6.8 million proposal to help prevent wildfires may go up in legislative flames, undercutting Southern Oregon’s hopes for extra relief from its summers of smoke.

Rep. Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, said the legislation, part of a forest resiliency bill, would have provided additional funding for prevention efforts to thin forests around communities in Southern Oregon — prompted in part by the catastrophic wildfire that destroyed Paradise, California, last fall.

Both Golden’s and Marsh’s proposals are part of the Forest Fire and Resilience Investment Package that is still stuck in committee, though legislators hope to revive it if the Legislature can get back in session after Republican senators last week staged their second walk out.

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