Sen. Merkley: ‘We Need Emergency Funds’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Forest Service has exhausted their firefighting funds.

The extensive fire season and the huge costs of fighting those fires is putting a strain on the federal agency. Senator Jeff Merkley is urging Senate Leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell to make additional resources available.

Senator Merkley said the Forest Service may be forced to use core function money to cover the gap in fire suppression. The senator said this could have a dramatic impact on Oregon because the Forest Service is already struggling to advance timber projects due to tighter budgets.