FEMA Administrator to Visit Western Wildfire States

Eighty large wildfires currently burning across the West.

FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell will make her first trip to wildfire-affected states amid another dangerous week of extreme heat and critical fire weather conditions. The Western U.S. continues to experience drought conditions, and heat waves have dried out forests and grasslands, priming them to burn.

According to FEMA, “The administrator is traveling to Idaho, Oregon, and California to meet with federal, state and tribal partners and emergency groups about the growing wildfire situation, the plan for an active response and coordination, and how the regions are addressing climate change and the ongoing resilience work.”

As of Monday, 80 wildfires were burning across the West and more than 19,700 firefighters were on the front lines, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. The largest fire is in southern Oregon where over 300,000 acres have burned and smoke created air quality issues as far as the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

There are red-flag warnings in at least six states. Wildfire risks extend from Canada to northern Mexico.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For state officials and local firefighters addressing the wildfires in most of the Western U.S.
  • For the FEMA administrator as she travels to Idaho, Oregon, and California.
  • For people and livestock that have had to be evacuated from their homes as wildfires approach.
  • For the Lord to send rain to the drought-ridden region.

Sources: Axios, National Weather Service


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