Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on
the: (1) amount of money the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land
Management, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian
Affairs, and the Fish and Wildlife Service expended on federal
wildfire preparedness activities during fiscal years 1992 through
1996; (2) amount that these agencies expended for state and local
wildfire preparedness activities; (3) amount of equipment and
personnel these agencies loaned to state and local entities for
wildfire preparedness activities; and (4) process these agencies
used to formulate budget requests for wildfire preparedness
activities. GAO noted that during fiscal years 1992 through 1996,
the federal land management agencies: (1) expended about $1.9
billion on wildfire preparedness activities; (2) provided about
$82.3 million in grants to state and local firefighting
organizations; (3) loaned states federal excess property valued at
about $651 million; and (4) used a computerized model based on
historical wildfire costs to formulate budget requests for wildlife
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