Lawmakers tour through wildfire devastation

Rep. Doug LaMalfa and Sen. Jim Nielsen toured through Feather Falls looking at destruction caused by the Bear Fire

Posted: Sep 14, 2020 10:40 AM
Updated: May 21, 2021 11:45 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. -- Rep. Doug LaMalfa and Sen. Jim Nielsen toured through the destruction caused by the Bear Fire in the Feather Falls area.

Action News Now went on a ridealong with Cal Fire and both lawmakers.

Firefighter resources are still watching for hot spots in the area.

Throughout the tour, trees and brush burned for miles.

"All this that we have seen here today will take decades to ever restore itself to it's state before these fires," said Nielsen.

Only a few houses survived the fire.

This region is no stranger to wildfires caused every way imaginable, but LaMalfa and Nielsen want the state to be proactive moving forward.

"For decades in this state, certain organizations have absolutely stopped any management of the forest and the wildlands. Well here's the product of it. This is what happens when you don't manage your forests and wildlands," said Nielsen

"We have to have a more aggressive way of setting up fire breaks and defensible areas, defensible space around homes is really important," said LaMalfa.

Gov. Gavin Newsom visited a nearby area earlier in the day.

LaMalfa added, "With the governor having been up here today, all he wanted to talk about was climate change. Well, if the climate is changing, what are we going to do about it?"

Both lawmakers want solutions.

Solutions backed by everyone regardless of their party.

"The fire doesn't care what party, so it has to be a bipartisan issue because that's what it takes to pass any legislation," said LaMalfa.

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