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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Federal Assistance for Wildfire Response and Recovery

Kelsi Bracmort
Specialist in Agricultural Conservation and Natural Resources Policy

Raging wildfires, burned homes, and the evacuation of thousands make headlines nearly every fire season. More than 9.3 million acres burned in 2012, the third-largest acreage burned annually since 1960.1 Severe wildfires in 2012 occurred in Oregon and New Mexico, including the Whitewater-Baldy fire, which was the largest wildfire in New Mexico history.2 Options for federal support and assistance—during the fires, in the aftermath, and aimed at preventing a recurrence—have been considered by many concerned about the ongoing disasters. This report briefly describes these federal options.

Date of Report: May 8, 2013
Number of Pages: 4
Order Number: R41858
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