Rep. Mary Dye seeks to create fire response account


Legislator: Rep. Mary Dye
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Lawmakers in Olympia continue efforts to ensure the state is protected following last year's deadly wildfires.  Ruth Johnson reports from Olympia.

Johnson:   Lawmakers hope to close the loopholes that hamper the efforts of local leaders to protect their communities.  Republican Representative Mary Dye of Pomeroy has introduced a bill that would create a 'local wildland fire response account.'

Dye: “It's an idea that helps them get access very early on to have an effective initial attack so we can keep these small wildland fires from becoming a catastrophic event.”

Johnson:  The bill would require the Department of Natural Resources to release assets within 30 minutes, that local fire departments can use.  They would then have  six hours to contain the fire, or they may be held accountable for a portion of those assets.

Ruth Johnson, Olympia.

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