Wildfire Management in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, Second Session, June 9, 2020 [open pdf - 36MB]
This is the June 9, 2020 hearing on "Wildfire Management in the Midst of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] Pandemic," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. From the opening statement of Lisa Murkowski: "This morning we have scheduled a hearing on wildfire management in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Just as COVID-19 has altered our daily lives, requiring us to don face masks, practice social distancing and remain in self isolation, the virus has also added a new layer of complexity for our wildland firefighters. This year these heroes will be fighting wildfires while simultaneously working to protect themselves and others from a pandemic that threatens them, their families and communities. I understand the USDA Forest Service and the Department of the Interior had developed guidance on social distancing and other COVID-19 mitigation measures for our wildland firefighters. The health and safety of these individuals is a top priority, and I encourage the agencies to continue these efforts. [...] Through this hearing it is my hope that we begin to understand how firefighting tactics and strategies are being reimagined." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Phipps, Amanda Kaster, Norm McDonald, and George Geissler.
S. Hrg. 116-371; Senate Hearing 116-371
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