S. Hrg. 110-139: Preparedness for the 2007 Wildfire Season: Hearing before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, to Consider the Preparedness of Federal Land Management Agencies for the 2007 Wildfire Season and to Consider Recent Reports on the Agencies' Efforts to Contain the Costs of Wildfire Management Activities, June 26, 2007 [open pdf - 232KB]
From the opening statement of Jeff Bingaman: "This is the second hearing of the year on the subject of wildfire management. In January, we had a hearing, I believe it was the committee's first hearing ever, dedicated to the issue of wildfire cost containment. Today's hearing is focused on the preparedness of Federal agencies for the current wildfire season, but also, again, we want to focus on the issue of cost containment, specifically in the context of two new reports, and a recently released administrative document on the subject. […]. The administration's budgets indicate that it believes that containing wildfire costs must come at the expense of preparedness. That's been an issue of contention for a very long time. In fact, we heard repeatedly from an array of experts that spending more money on preparedness and local first response capacity would reduce the overall cost of fighting fires in the long term." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: C. Stephen Allred, Jeff Bingaman, Pete V. Domenici, Robin Nazzaro, Mark Rey, Ken Salazar.
S. Hrg 110-139; Senate Hearing 110-139
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