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File #: 22-0502    Version:
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 3/8/2022 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 4/19/2022 Final action: 4/19/2022
Title: Supervisor Turnboo recommending the Board authorize the Chair to sign a letter of support for HR 6903, which is proposed in the House of Representatives by Congressman McClintock and Congressman LaMalfa. The proposed bill would direct the United States Forest Service to immediately suppress wildfires on national forest system lands and put an end to the policy of letting fires burn. (Cont. 4/5/2022, item 27) FUNDING: N/A
Attachments: 1. A - BOS Letter of Support of HR 6903, 2. B - HR 6903, 3. C - Letter of Support Wildfire Suppression, 4. D - Letter of Support H.R. 6903, 5. E- Letter of Support HR 6903 Fire Suppression Bill, 6. F - American Loggers Council Letter, 7. G - Letter of Support BOS Rcvd 4-1-22, 8. H - Letter of Support BOS Rcvd 4-1-22, 9. I - Letter of Support BOS Rcvd 4-1-22, 10. J - Letter of Support BOS Rcvd 4-4-22, 11. K - Letter of Support- HR6903 BOS Rcvd 4-4-22, 12. L - Letter of Support BOS Rcvd 4-4-22, 13. M - Letter of Support BOS Rcvd 4-4-22, 14. N - Letter of Support, 15. O - Letter of Support BOS Rcvd 4-5-22, 16. Public Comment 17 BOS Rcvd 4-18-22, 17. Public Comment BOS Rcvd. 4-14-2022, 18. Public Comment BOS Rcvd. 4-5-2022.pdf, 19. Public Comment BOS Rcvd. 4-4-2022, 20. Signed Letter of Support of HR 6903

Title

Supervisor Turnboo recommending the Board authorize the Chair to sign a letter of support for HR 6903, which is proposed in the House of Representatives by Congressman McClintock and Congressman LaMalfa. The proposed bill would direct the United States Forest Service to immediately suppress wildfires on national forest system lands and put an end to the policy of letting fires burn. (Cont. 4/5/2022, item 27)

 

FUNDING:  N/A

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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND

HR 6903 would require the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Chief of the Forest Service, to the maximum extent practicable to use all available resources to carry out wildfire suppression with the purpose of extinguishing wildfires detected on National Forest System lands not later the twenty-four hours after a wildfire is detected. It would also require immediate suppress of any prescribed fire that exceeds prescription. It would not inhibit the suppression efforts of State or local firefighting agencies that are authorized to respond to wildfire on National Forest System land, may only use fire as a resource management tool if the fire is a prescribed fire that complies with applicable law and regulations and may only initiate a backfire or burnout during a wildfire by order of the responsible incident commander. Therefore, it is imperative for the safety of El Dorado County residents and the County's livelihood that the Board support HR 6903 to put an end to the policy of letting fires burn.

 

ALTERNATIVES

The Board could decide not to support HR 6903.

 

PRIOR BOARD ACTION

N/A

 

OTHER DEPARTMENT / AGENCY INVOLVEMENT

N/A

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT

N/A

 

CLERK OF THE BOARD FOLLOW UP ACTIONS

Clerk to have letter signed by the Chair and return to District II for distribution.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN COMPONENT

Good Governance

 

CONTACT

Todd White (530) 621-5651

todd.white@edcgov.us