Pelosi Statement on California Wildfires
San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the California wildfires, which have tragically killed nine people:
“As a Californian and an American, I am heartbroken by the devastation of the wildfires across California. Our hearts are with the loved ones of the nine people whose lives were cruelly cut short by the fires, and all those whose lives have been upended by this disaster.
“We are all immensely grateful to the tens of thousands of firefighters and first responders from California, other states and other countries currently risking their lives and safety to battle wildfires throughout our state. Our firefighters are our nobility, and their courage on the frontlines of these blazes is an act of profound heroism.
“The Administration’s Major Disaster Declaration for Shasta County takes an important first step to combat this disaster, but the President must expand this declaration to the other counties ravaged by wildfires, as Governor Brown has requested. The Administration also must start taking real, urgent action to combat the threat of the climate crisis, which is making the wildfire season longer, more expensive and more destructive.
“The country stands in solidarity with the families and communities devastated by this disaster, and we pledge to work tirelessly to help Californians heal, recover and rebuild.”