With 12 major fires raging throughout the state, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that the way the federal government pays for wildfire suppression exacerbates the problem.”California is suffering from one of the worst fire seasons in decades,” she said in a statement . “Unfortunately, the way we pay for firefighting activities worsens the situation.”

Feinstein noted that the U.S. Forest Service will borrow $700 million this year to fight fires that are currently burning, siphoning funds away from prevention efforts like removing brush and dead trees. “This approach means California and other Western states will be even more vulnerable to devastating wildfires next year as vital prevention programs are delayed, sometimes indefinitely.” FULL REPORT