On Friday, July 29th, the House passed the Continental Divide Trail Completion Act (H.R. 5118) -- also referred to as the Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act. The measure, which passed the House by a 218-199 vote, seeks to increase the pay for woodland firefighters, maximize support resources to communities affected by wildfires, and fund “drought-proof” water infrastructure. Congressman LaMalfa (R-Richvale) voted against the bill, asserting that the Act will only “bog down existing Forest Service work” and that the proposed new firefighter minimum salary is lower than the current pay of all crew members.