Written testimony of FEMA for a House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management hearing titled “Impacts of the 2017 Wildfires in the United States”

Release Date: March 20, 2018 2167 Rayburn House Office Building Good morning, Chairman Barletta, Ranking Member Titus, and Members of the subcommittee. My name is Robert Fenton, and I am the Regional Administrator for the Region IX office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) located in Oakland, California. Our office leads all-hazard support to the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the U.S. Pacific territories. I would like to thank you for this opportunity to discuss FEMA’s role in the wildfires of 2017 and the importance of planning for wildfires and mitigating their destruction. In 2017, over 20 million people lived in areas impacted by the wildfires that burned across more than 200,000 acres of state and private land in northern California. This, coupled with last year’s historic hurricane season, tested the Nation’s ability to respond to and recover from multiple concurrent disasters. Without a doubt, this was FEMA’s most demanding year in its...

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