SALEM, Oregon – The Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response is causing concern with one lawmaker. State Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) said that while she hasn’t seen the plan yet, she doesn’t like what she hears about it. She said it could cost billions of dollars and leaves out a key element.
“The question, then, about fires that start on federal land and burn onto state land – to not discuss that in this document I think is just a screaming omission,” she said.
Johnson said she has been told that issue is not addressed in the report.
She also repeated concerns that the Oregon Department of Forestry has not been invoicing for past wildfire work by the federal government and others. She said those invoices for previous fires total more than $90 million.