Fire Victims, Cal Fire Firefighters, Public Health Experts Commemorate Camp Fire Anniversary

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Nov. 5, 2022

Deborah Camiel | (818) 299-3656 | deborah@50p1.com

FIRE VICTIMS, CAL FIRE FIREFIGHTERS, PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS COMMEMORATE CAMP FIRE ANNIVERSARY

Announce Support of Prop 30, California’s Clean Air Initiative, to Raise $20 Billion to Fund Firefighting, Forest Management, Climate Action

SACRAMENTO, CA – With Election Day taking place on the anniversary of the Camp Fire, one of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history, CAL FIRE Local 2881 along with Sacramento public health and community leaders hosted a briefing ahead of Election Day detailing how Proposition 30 would substantially improve our ability to fight and prevent wildfires.

Speaking in support of the measure were Scott Witt, Executive Board Member, CAL FIRE Local 2881 Firefighters; William Barrett, Director of Clean Air Advocacy, the American Lung Association; David Leon Zink, Camp Fire survivor; and Naomi Loretz, Community Activist.

View the press conference here.

Proposition 30 is the climate action ballot initiative that will help millions of Californians afford electric vehicles, create a statewide EV charging network, and reduce catastrophic wildfires by funding forest management, more firefighters, and firefighting equipment. The measure generates approximately $100 billion over 20 years for these critical programs by taxing only those who can most afford it — Californians with personal income over $2 million per year.

Every year, California experiences more record-setting wildfires and droughts that cost lives, destroy property, hurt the economy, and damage California’s iconic natural beauty. Nine in ten structures in the town of Paradise were lost due to the Camp Fire in 2018. Proposition 30, which is backed by CAL FIRE Local 2881, would generate nearly $1 billion per year for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) for wildfire suppression, community resilience and the prevention of catastrophic wildfires.

The rest of Proposition 30’s funds would further improve California’s air quality by helping fund EVs and an EV charging network. The California Air Resources Board recently approved a measure requiring all new cars and light trucks sold in the state by 2035 to be zero-emission vehicles. But ZEVs remain unaffordable for the average Californian. Prop 30 will accelerate our transition to clean vehicles by bringing ZEVs within reach for all Californians via rebates, grants, and financial assistance. Half of the funding will benefit low-income families and those in disadvantaged communities that are disproportionately impacted by air pollution.

Will Barrett of the American Lung Association said, “The particulate pollution that comes out of wildfire smoke is devastating. As we see extreme wildfire pollution driven by climate change, we’re seeing more and more particulate pollution at higher rates than the American Lung Association has ever tracked. Five thousand people a year die from particulate pollution. Proposition 30 is essential to move us to a healthier state.”

David Leon Zink, Camp Fire survivor added, “The smoke from the Camp Fire did not settle for a few days after the blaze took our homes. When it did land, it was like Armageddon. We’re still struggling to recover our economic livelihood, but our community is strong. Megafires start out as small brush fires and there’s a period of time when they can be stopped before they grow. But CAL FIRE needs more resources. Prop 30 provides the funds for equipment, staff, and resources to prevent the next brush fire from becoming a deadly megafire.”

Proposition 30 is endorsed by a broad coalition of health, labor, business, environmental, and firefighting groups. Supporters include the American Lung Association, CAL FIRE Local 2881, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the California Democratic Party, and the State Building and Construction Trades of California.

For additional background on Prop 30, visit www.yeson30.org.