ANCHORAGE (AP) A Senate committee Thursday agreed on a Sen. Ted Stevens' amendment that would authorize a new grant program to help firefighting in rural areas.
The program would provide $3 million to provide grants for special firefighting equipment in areas without access to water.
Alaska Village Initiatives has developed a foam canister that can be pulled behind a four-wheeler in order to extinguish small fires without water. The canisters cost $10,000 each.
Stevens' amendment also would allow for research into methods for tracking and monitoring smoke plumes, particularly those arising from spruce bark beetle-caused fires that create huge plumes.
The amendment, contained in the bill to reauthorize the U.S. Fire Administration, now goes before the full Senate.
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