The Arizona Legislature has advanced bills creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency.
Wednesday's committee votes came after hearing dire warnings from state wildfire officials.
The full Legislature is meeting in a special session called by Gov. Doug Ducey to quickly boost funding for firefighting and recovery efforts in the midst of a historic drought and fires.
The House and Senate are expected to overwhelmingly approve the legislation Thursday. Leaders of rural counties and cities are worried about the fallout from big fires. A
nd there is a brewing fight on the role of climate change in driving the blazes.