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 Brown74 people linked to COVID-19 outbreak at Oregon church Businesses sue Oregon governor over COVID-19 restrictions White House to shift how it distributes unallocated vaccines to states 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 TrumpKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote READ: Liz Cheney's speech on the House floor Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' 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 GarcettiBiden administration in talks with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for India ambassador post: reports Hillicon Valley: DOJ to review cyber challenges | Gaetz, House Republicans want to end funding for postal service surveillance | TikTok gets new CEO Mass vaccination site at Dodger Stadium to shut down by May 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.