ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Obama administration is pushing Congress to set aside more money to fight wildfires.
New Mexico and other states like California have had especially destructive wildfires in recent years.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is expected to release his 2015 budget request Tuesday asking for $2.2 billion to fight fires. That’s a million more than last year.
He’s also asking for a $954 million disaster funding pool.
In the past, when firefighting funds ran out, money was borrowed from fire prevention programs. Under this proposal, that would be a last resort.