Wildland Fire Management, Hearing Before The Committee On Energy and Natural Resources United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session to Explore Wildland Fire Management, June 4, 2013   [open pdf - 352KB]

This is from the June 4, 2014 hearing on "Wildland Fire Management," held before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. From the opening statement of Ron Wyden: "The 2013 fire season has hardly begun. Yet hundreds of families in California and New Mexico have already been forced to evacuate in the face of raging fires. As we speak, a major fire is burning on National Forest lands just 25 miles outside of Santa Fe. The latest fires are part of an ominous trend toward a bigger, hotter, longer fire season, simply, more treacherous in all the particulars. In 2012, 15 firefighters died combating blazes that engulfed more than 9 million acres in the Western United States. Two air tankers crashed and more than 4,200 homes and other structures were destroyed, well over annual averages. The Federal agencies responsible for protecting Western communities from these fires must use the smartest, most cost-effective firefighting strategies possible. As the risk from wild fire escalates, the status quo for firefighting simply is not going to be good enough. These intense fire seasons also present direct threats to America's communities." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Doug Decker, Lynn Jungwirth, Lisa Murkowski, Kim Thorsen, Thomas Tidwell, Christopher Topik, Diane Vosick and Ron Wyden.

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S. Hrg. 113-52
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