Courage Under Fire: Examining Government Preparedness and Response to Wildfires in California

Date: 
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 10:00am
Location: 
Council Chambers of Simi Valley City Hall. 2929 Tapo Canyon RdSimi Valley, CA 93063
Courage Under Fire: Examining Government Preparedness and Response to Wildfires in California

PURPOSE & BACKGROUND

The 2017 and 2018 wildfire seasons were the two deadliest wildfire seasons in U.S. history. Forecasters predict the potential for large-scale wildfires in 2019 to be higher-than-average in California and in other areas of the country.

This hearing will examine the status of recovery efforts from the 2017 and 2018 California wildfire seasons as well as the state and federal government’s preparation and response to the 2019 California wildfires. The hearing will also explore both state and federal government wildfire mitigation strategies and examine the health and environmental impacts of longer, more destructive wildfire seasons.

CHAIRMAN ROUDA'S OPENING STATEMENT

VICE CHAIR HILL'S OPENING STATEMENT

Witnesses

Mr. Brent Berkompas
Director of Governmental Affairs, Orange County Professional Firefighters Association

Dr. Afif El-Hasan
Pediatrician, California

Mr. Robert Fenton
Region IX Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Mr. Mark Ghilarducci
Director, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services

Mr. Dan Johnson
Southern Region Chief, California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection

Mr. Randy Moore
Regional Forester, Pacific Southwest Region, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service

Mr. Max Moritz
Cooperative Extension Wildfire Specialist, Bren School of Environmental Science & Mangement

Mr. Drew Smith
Battalion Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

Ms. Lisl Spangenberg
Affected Resident

116th Congress