The shoes of Governors Newsome and Sisolak were crackling and crunching across the wildfire devastation near Markleeville – both Governors realizing that wildland fires are likely to be more common in our neck of the woods. It’s all due to climate change and pent up desires of American recreational campers and hunters who want to get back to “normal.”
Governor Sisolak re-iterated that wildland fire seasons are starting earlier and lasting longer due to global weather conditions. Governor Sisolak commented that “there may be getting in to a 12 month fire season, and we’ll have to deal with it. We must change how we approach these new challenges. And we’re going to need a lot of help from our federal government to more intelligently approach this growing threat. We need more resources, said Sisolak. We need more firefighters. We need to raise their pay.”
Governor Newsome chimed in that “The forest service is under-equipped and understaffed. It’s been this way for years and years. Governor Sisolak is right. You look at the federal pay for these men and women and it’s deplorable.”
Both governors committed to bending the ear of President Biden so our fire seasons eventually become less destructive.