(U.S. Senator James Risch Press/Video Release, September 16, 2020)

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) spoke at an Energy and Natural Resources hearing about the devastating wildfires raging in the western United States, and landmark forest management reform legislation he has cosponsored to protect forestland and communities during wildfire season.

“Right now, there are more than a dozen fires burning thousands of acres throughout Idaho, the vast majority of which are located on federal lands.  Years of insufficient forest management have turned the West into a tinderbox,” said Risch.  “There are many factors that make wildfires spread, but regular fuel reduction is a critical and indisputable strategy to prevent wildfires of this magnitude from spreading.”

Risch continued, “I am proud to cosponsor the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act, and would like to thank my colleagues Senator Daines and Senator Feinstein for their leadership in introducing it.  This bill offers commonsense solutions to these commonsense problems by improving our ability to reduce these fuels and improve our forests and protect communities in a productive, collaborative way.”

Remarks have been lightly edited for clarity.

To watch the rest of Senator Risch’s remarks, click the video below.


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