CalFire to Deploy Wildfire Prediction Solution
The state budget is not all good news for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection — but the department is moving forward starting this summer with a solution to better predict wildfires, the result of a flexible procurement approach activated during the early days of Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which led state officials to predict a $54.3 billion budget shortfall, has had consequences for state fire suppression, but it’s not all bad news for the agency.
At least one program with direct benefit for wildfire detection sustained cuts in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s May revision to the proposed 2020-2021 fiscal year state budget. But, as a communications official at the