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U.S. Targets 50 Million Acres for Plan to Curb Wildfire Risks

  • Forest Service sees prescribed burns as tool to fighting fires
  • High-risk areas include Pacific Northwest, Sierra Nevada range
Firefighters try to protect a home during the Caldor Fire near Meyers, California, in Aug. 2021.

Firefighters try to protect a home during the Caldor Fire near Meyers, California, in Aug. 2021.

Photographer: David Odisho/Bloomberg
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The U.S. Forest Service will target millions of acres of grasslands and forests for prescribed burns and thinning to fight escalating wildfire risk across the U.S.

The government agency will treat up to an additional 20 million acres (8.1 million hectares) on national forests and grassland and support efforts of up to 30 million acres of other federal, state, tribal and private lands, the Forest Service said Tuesday in a statement. The cost of the program will be covered by about $3 billion from the recently passed infrastructure package.