Westerman Calls for Immediate Action to Address Catastrophic Wildfires

September 27, 2017

At a time when national attention has focused on the disastrous effects of multiple hurricanes, more than 8.5 million acres of America has been ravaged by almost 49,000 fires this year. This problem will only intensify unless we act now. Fifty-eight million acres of our national forest system are at a high risk of ecologically destructive wildland fire. Active forest management is needed to stop the spread of catastrophic wildfires. Irreplaceable natural resources and human lives are at stake, and we must focus on the immediate solutions available. It is time for members of both parties in the House and Senate to work together to pass the Resilient Federal Forests Act.