The entire roster of California GOP lawmakers called on the Biden administration to act immediately and address the aviation fuel shortage to prevent wildfire disasters.
As the nation gets deeper into wildfire season, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., led the California Republican delegation in a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, calling on them to address a “potential fuel shortage” for airplanes tasked with fighting fires.
Issa blasted the Biden administration in a release, blaming “administrative failures” for firefighters potentially facing down blazes without enough fuel.
“We know the devastating loss of life, land and property that wildfires can inflict in the West almost without warning,” Issa wrote. “That’s why it is inexplicable that because of administrative failures, our firefighters could face the peak of fire season without the aviation fuel supplies to support first responders and line personnel on the ground.”
“The Biden administration must act now, not wait until our communities are burning,” he continued. “We are calling for leadership and cooperation to prevent the kind of disaster we have seen before.”
The lawmakers point out in the letter that the wildfire season this year is projected to likely be