Gov. Brown wants to eliminate red tape for wildfires

August 21, 2012 6:03:32 PM PDT
Gov. Jerry Brown is taking steps to eliminate some of the red tape in fighting wildfires.

He has won approval for a new firefighting chain of command. It allows him to appoint a single commander from the California National Guard, to coordinate the Military, whenever they're called in to help fight a fire.

Right now, the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines often operate independently. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has signed off on the idea.

In a statement, the governor said, "By unifying this command, this agreement will allow us to fight fires, not bureaucracy."