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 BrownOvernight Health Care: Biden unveils vaccine plan with focus on mass inoculations | Worldwide coronavirus deaths pass 2 million | CDC: New variant could be dominant US strain by March Governors say no additional vaccine doses coming, despite Trump admin promise At least 6 GOP legislators took part in Trump-inspired protests 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 TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' 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 GarcettiGrammys postponed over coronavirus concerns Sunday shows preview: Senate candidates brace for Georgia runoffs; government continues coronavirus vaccine roll out Los Angeles County testing if new coronavirus strain spreading in community 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.