After 2022 wildfires, N.M. governor proposes elite firefighter corp

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham also aims to create a $75 million fund to address the causes of water scarcity and climate change


By Leila Merrill
FireRescue1

SANTA FE, N.M. — In her state of the state address Tuesday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called for funding to establish a New Mexico-based corps of elite smokejumper firefighters who can rapidly respond.

The state has a multibillion-dollar budget surplus and is in the aftermath of what the Associated Press described as “catastrophic 2022 wildfires.”

The governor also proposed the creation of a $75 million trust fund to address the underlying causes of water scarcity and climate change.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham delivered her State of the State address Tuesday.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham delivered her State of the State address Tuesday. (Photo/Andres Leighton/Associated Press)

 

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