State agriculture commissioner looking to boost Louisiana’s firefighting capability 

Pine trees sport dead, brown needles and charred bark in a forest along Lonzie Doyle Road near the Westport community in Rapides Parish on Sept. 5, 2023. This forest burned in the Highway 113 Fire, which has consumed about 8,000 acres. (Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter)

Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain plans to ask the Legislature for $43 million to beef up firefighting equipment and personnel after the state suffered its worst wildfire…

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