Long Expresses Support for First Responders, Calls for Climate Action and Forest Management to Reduce Future Wildfires
VANCOUVER, WA—Carolyn Long, candidate for Congress in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, issued the following statement about the Pacific Northwest fires:
“Thank you to all of our first responders—from firefighters to linemen—for swiftly responding and continuing to contain fires and keep the lights on in Southwest Washington. It is heartbreaking to see reports of people in Washington losing their homes and livelihoods to these fires. Seeing the smoke in our communities, the families having to evacuate, and the places where we love to hike, swim and fish, like the Gifford Pinchot Forest, burn, is devastating.
“Southwest Washingtonians: please continue to listen for directions from local officials and take necessary precautions to stay safe.
“Climate change is a real, human-caused crisis that requires our immediate action. There isn’t time to waste. This unprecedented wildfire season has already damaged some of the most pristine areas of Southwest Washington and we can’t let it keep happening. We can protect our natural resources, industries, and way of life in Southwest Washington by working hard to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and utilize better forest management to prevent fires and further destruction from continuing.
“We have to fight back to ensure a healthier and safer future. We must ensure that future generations can enjoy fishing for Rainbow Trout in the Swift Reservoir and hiking with their families in the Gifford Pinchot Forest.” said Long.