Press ReleaseJun 27, 2012
As Wildfires Burn West, Natural Resources Committee Democrats Demand Hearing on Reducing Wildfire Risk
Important safety information regarding the ongoing Wildfires devastating the Western United States:
- Incident Information System
- Latest Wildfire Perimeter Maps
- USDA Forest Service Active Fire Map
- Help Coloradans affected by Wildfires
Wildfires & Climate Change
- “ Colorado’s table was set for monster fire ”- Washington Post, July 1, 2012
- “ Climate Change shares blame in wildfires ” - Salt Lake Tribune, June 30, 2012
- “ West’s wildfires a preview of changed climate : scientists ” - Reuters, Junes 29, 2012
- “ Climate Change and disruptions to global fire activity ” - Ecological Society of America, Ecosphere, June, 2012
- “ Pondering a Link between Forest Fires and Climate Change ”- New York Times, June 28, 2012
- “ Wildfire smoke shrouds Denver;Climate Change expected to increase Western Fires ” - wunderground.com, June 13, 2012
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Republicans Have Not Held Forest Fire Hearing; Democratic Bill Available to Help Reduce Fire Risk
WASHINGTON (June 27, 2012) – With the West experiencing an already historic forest fire season, Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee are demanding that the Republican leadership of the committee hold an emergency hearing to address the issues of fire risk and suppression, especially on federally-owned and managed lands. The Democrats also ask that legislation be considered to address fire risk and speed fire prevention measures, as offered in a bill introduced this week by the Democrats.
The requests were made today in a letter sent to Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) and the Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) by the Ranking Member of the Committee, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), along with his colleagues Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) and Jim Costa (D-Calif.).
“To date, neither the full Committee nor the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands have held a legislative hearing on forest policy addressing the threat of insect infestations, disease and the increased risk of wildfires on Forest Service lands,” write the Democrats. “This issue is critical to the West and our Committee should act in a swift, bipartisan manner to consider this legislation.”
The legislation offered up by the Democrats is H.R. 5960, the Depleting Risk from Insect infestation, Soil erosion and Catastrophic fire Act (DRISC Act). That bill would help to address the scourge of bark beetle infestations on western forests and help to speed up the contracting process to remove dying or dead trees, which serve as potential kindling for forest fires.