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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $14.5 million for wildfire resilience in Idaho

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $14.5 million for wildfire resilience in Idaho

Dec 01, 2023 | 5:35 pm ET
By Clark Corbin
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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $14.5 million for wildfire resilience in Idaho
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U.S. Department of Interior officials announced they allocated $14.5 million in federal funding for wildfire resilience and fuel reduction in Idaho in fiscal year 2023. This file photo depicts the Hayden Fire in Idaho in 2023. (Photo courtesy of Interagency Incident Management Team/Salmon-Challis National Forest.)

The federal government has allocated about $14.5 million in federal funding for wildfire resilience and fuel reduction in Idaho, officials with the U.S. Department of Interior said in a press release issued Thursday.

The federal funding is for fiscal year 2023 and came from the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act, often called the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, that Congress passed and President Joe Biden signed in 2021.

The funding went toward projects to help reduce wildfire risk on more than 170,000 acres across the state, Department of Interior officials said. 

“As wildfire seasons become longer, more intense and more dangerous, investments from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda are helping provide for a more strategic approach to wildland fire management and mitigation, greater support of wildland firefighters, and much-needed equipment and preparedness methods, Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland said in a written statement. 

Idaho’s share of the federal funding was part of a larger, $468 million funding allocation across the county, officials said. Overall, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $1.5 billion for the U.S. Department of Interior to spend over five years on wildfire resilience, fuels reduction, fire science, preparedness and post fire restoration projects.