"Fires will always be with us," Perdue said in a recent speech. "But if you don't have the resources and the means of dependable funding, that's an issue."
Editorials from around Oregon →
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the severe fire season means officials "end up having to hoard all of the money that is intended for fire prevention, because we're afraid we're going to need it to actually fight fires."
Forest Service spends record $2B battling forest fires →