State audit will compare Kansas wildfire response with other states

By Jonathan Shorman
Wichita Eagle – July 31, 2017

State auditors will investigate how Kansas’s wildfire suppression system compares to others following massive fires this spring that caused tens of millions of dollars in damage.

Kansas has among the smallest wildfire suppression budgets in the country – about $300,000 – and state fire officials have said coordination of firefighting resources has been lacking.

Lawmakers on Monday approved an examination of the state’s wildfire fighting system. Auditors will begin their investigation in January.

“The bottom line is the last two years we’ve lost in excess of $100 million in property in Kansas and we’re spending maybe $300,000 on state money to try to prevent these losses and it’s not making it better,” said Rep. John Carmichael, D- Wichita.

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article164572267.html#storylink=cpy

 

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
http://www.ksffa.com
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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