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We’ve got to be ready

In 2020, Oregon had our worst wildfire season in known history. We saw entire towns decimated, more than a million acres burned to the ground, and thick, hazardous smoke blanket the whole state.

It looks like this year could be much worse.

With last month's heat wave and the drought ongoing, we're facing unprecedented fire conditions in our state. Climate change has turned our forests into tinder boxes and is leading to fires unlike anything we've seen before. Though firefighters have already been bravely battling the Bootleg fire in Klamath County, it's scorched nearly 400,000 acres and is the largest fire in the country.

Alongside my colleagues in the Oregon delegation in Congress, I've been pushing for more federal resources for wildfire readiness and prevention. I'm happy to report that the Biden Administration is heeding our call and sending more resources our way to prepare Oregon for another long wildfire season.

But resources alone are not enough; the details matter. We need the federal government to lay out its plan for how it will respond when we get hit with more wildfires this summer. So I along with my colleagues asked the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture to submit their wildfire response plans – including resources, personnel and coordination between agencies.

With the danger levels increasing daily, we can't afford to have a disorganized federal response, and I'm going to make sure that doesn't happen. Oregon must be prepared for another wildfire season and I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure we're as ready as humanly possible.


Posted on July 22, 2021.

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