Congress set to approve $500 million for wildfires |

Congress set to approve $500 million for wildfires

WASHINGTON (AP) ” A key congressional committee has approved $500 million in emergency firefighting spending in the wake of California’s devastating wildfires.

The money requested by Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Jerry Lewis was added to a larger spending bill that’s expected to be approved by the House and Senate in coming days.

It includes $215 million to repay money spent by the Forest Service and Interior Department last year; $150 million in new money for the Forest Service and Interior Department to fight fires; and $90 million to clear brush and downed trees that feed wildfires.

There’s also $31 million to restore federal lands ravaged by fires.

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