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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Waters Statement on Southern California Wildfires

December 8, 2017
Press Release

Waters Statement on Southern California Wildfires

LOS ANGELESCongresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement on the wildfires that continue to rage across many counties in Southern California, including Los Angeles County:

“I am alarmed by the wildfires that are blazing a path of destruction across Southern California, leaving thousands of families displaced and hundreds of homes and businesses in ruin, particularly in Los Angeles, Ventura, and San Diego counties, which were declared as being in a state of emergency this week. My thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by the fires. 

“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, 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.  

“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 or assistance related to the fires, please contact the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (Cal Fire) information line at (323) 881-2412 or visit”