A bill that aims to prevent wildfires caused by prescribed burns passed the U.S. House Monday and is on its way to President Obama’s desk for a signature. It had already passed the Senate.
The bill prohibits the federal government from authorizing a prescribed burn on federal Forest Service land, if the surrounding area faces extreme fire danger. If the government does go through with a burn, it will have to coordinate with local fire officials. And the Forest Service will need to report the number of burns and their locations each year.