Obama signs bill to manage wildfire suppression costs

The Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act adopted into the Interior appropriations bill was signed this weekend by the President. The measure establishes a new approach to budgeting for costly wildfires by setting up a pair of "FLAME" funds that will act as reserve accounts for the Forest Service and the Department of the Interior to cover the costs of large or complex wildfires when the annual budgets for suppression are exhausted.