California firefighting unit closer to relocating from Riverside to Moreno Valley

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California's largest firefighting agency is one step closer to relocating its Southern California home base in an effort to better dispatch resources during wildfires.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports a state Senate budget subcommittee voted to spend $4 million for the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to move from Riverside to former March Air Reserve Base land in Moreno Valley.

The new facility would serve as a home base for fire managers coordinating wildfires from Northern California to the Mexican border.

While the new operations center won't be on the March Air Reserve Base, military officials said having it so close to the base could bode well as the Pentagon eyes another round of base closures.

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