Oregon governor calls wildfires a 'bellwether for climate change': 'This is a wake up call for all of us'

Oregon governor calls wildfires a 'bellwether for climate change': 'This is a wake up call for all of us'
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Oregon Gov. Kate BrownKate BrownCalifornia fire becomes largest in state history Pac-12 moves toward 'return to competition' after Big Ten announces resumption of football season Oregon opens first mobile morgue amid wildfires MORE (D) said Sunday the wildfires raging across the west coast are a “wake up call” for officials to take action on climate change. 

Brown said the cause of the fires is being investigated, but said the region saw the “perfect fire storm.” 

“We saw incredible winds, we saw very cold hot temperatures, and of course we have a landscape that has seen 30 years of drought,” Brown said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “This is truly the bellwether for climate change on the west coast and this is a wakeup call for all of us that we have to do everything in our power to tackle climate change.”


Brown said that about 500,000 acres of land has burned in Oregon over the last ten years. By contrast, she said over 1 million acres has burned in the state this week alone. 

Asked about claims that the fires are due to mismanagement of forests rather than climate change, Brown said “it's both.” 

“It’s both, it's decades of mismanagement of our forests in this country and it is the failure to tackle climate change. We need to do both,” the governor said. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE is scheduled to visit California on Monday. Trump last month claimed the fires are due to years of poor forest management, dismissing concerns over climate change. 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric GarcettiEric GarcettiJennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt join celebrity table read of 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' for coronavirus relief LA mayor condemns protesters shouting 'death to police' outside hospital treating ambushed officers Garcetti: I would have acted sooner if Trump hadn't downplayed virus MORE (D) said Sunday on CNN that “anybody who lives in California is insulted” by Trump’s claims, and criticized the president's response to the fires.