Federal Government's Role in Wildfire Management, the Impact of Fires on Communities, and Potential Improvements to be Made in Fire Operations, Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, May 5, 2015 [open pdf - 16MB]
This is the October 28, 2015 hearing held before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources entitled "The Federal Government's Role in Wildfire Management, the Impact of Fires on Communities, and Potential Improvements to be Made in Fire Operations." From the testimony of Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski: "We're here to examine our wildfire management policies, including the impacts of wildfire on communities and our current fire operations. Unfortunately, today may be a day where we struggle to find a whole lot that is positive about all of this. Over the last 50 years, we have seen a rapid escalation in the size, frequency, and severity of wildfires. The most often cited causes are severe drought, a changing climate, hazardous fuel buildups due in part to decades of fire exclusion, insect and disease infestation, and an explosion of nonnative invasive species. […] Already this year, the concern back home is that we will have an aggressive fire season. We've had very low snow fall throughout the state. It's dry. I was in Fairbanks this weekend and I cannot recall a time on the first of May when not only the rivers are out but there is no snow anywhere -- no snow pack anywhere. So, the same factors that we are seeing up North and in the peninsula are increasing the size, frequency, and severity of wildfires are also driving up wildfire suppression costs, both in actual dollars and as a portion of the total budget of the Forest Service." Statements, letters, and other materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Thomas Tidwell, Stephen Pyne, Sharon Hood, Bruce Hallin, and Bob Eisele.
S. Hrg. 114--331; Senate Hearing 114--331
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