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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Waters Statement on the Mendocino Complex Wildfire in Northern California

August 7, 2018
Press Release

Waters Statement on the Mendocino Complex Wildfire in Northern California

LOS ANGELES – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement on two wildfires, the Ranch and River fires, that make up the Mendocino Complex fire in Northern California. The Mendocino Complex fire is now the largest wildfire in modern California history.

“I am alarmed by the Mendocino Complex wildfire in Northern California, which has destroyed 283,000 acres of land and left many homes and businesses in ruin, particularly in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties. It is now being reported that the Mendocino Complex fire has surpassed last year’s Thomas Fire, and now is the largest wildfire in modern California history. My thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by these devastating wildfires. 

“Wildfires of this magnitude are traumatic events that have the potential to destroy whole communities and put many lives at risk. I commend and support the emergency personnel, first responders, volunteers and other unsung heroes who have, at the risk of their own lives and safety, worked tirelessly to contain the fires and assist those who have been impacted.  

“This year’s fire season has already proven to be one of the most destructive in modern history, with 18 wildfires blazing a destructive path across the state of California. I encourage all residents to heed the advice of local authorities related to evacuation and emergency preparedness.  In the event of an emergency, please dial 911. For other information about California wildfires, please visit the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (Cal Fire) website, www.calfire.ca.gov.”

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