Inslee seeks support for more wildfire money

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee and Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark are asking Washington state's congressional delegation for their support in seeking additional money that could be used for fighting wildfires.

The letter sent Wednesday comes a week after a dozen U.S. Senators, including Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, sent a letter to Senate leaders asking for passage of emergency legislation to allocate $615 million for use in fighting wildfires.

Wildfires are currently burning in several western states.

The legislation being considered would allocate additional money to the U.S. Forest Service for wildfire suppression, and would allow access to emergency funds for wildfires without having to cut other programs.