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Mike Garcia, CA GOP Lawmakers Raise Concerns over Fuel Shortages

Send Letter to Secretary Haaland & Secretary Vilsack

Representative Mike Garcia (CA-25) and fellow California Republican lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack highlighting the current threat fuel shortages pose to communities in California amidst another deadly wildfire season. 

Representative Mike Garcia (CA-25) and fellow California Republican lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack highlighting the current threat fuel shortages pose to communities in California amidst another deadly wildfire season. 

In the letter, the lawmakers expressed concerns over data indicating a historic wildfire season ahead paired with extreme fuel shortages. 

“Key officials are reporting that they are facing the real possibility of severe jet fuel shortages. This would mean they would have to wave off and decline the service of specialized planes and helicopters that drop fire retardants – endangering millions of Americans across a substantial number of communities. This is an unacceptable risk for our communities and represents a dangerous and vulnerable posture that is potentially catastrophic for lives, homes, property, public lands and millions of people throughout the western United States and one that needs your immediate attention,” the lawmakers wrote. 

The lawmakers noted that the Biden administration’s intention to reduce the use of fossil fuels is resulting in an immediate, potentially life-threatening situation for Californians and Americans across the West.   

“The issue of potential fuel shortages during what is set to be another catastrophic wildfire season is extremely concerning and requires immediate action from the Biden administration. Our letter to Secretary Haaland and Secretary Vilsack addresses an immediate threat to communities in California. As we head into the warmest months of the year, it is imperative that we are ready to act should a wildfire break out. This requires providing our brave, front-line responders with the fuel necessary to take flight to combat wildfires. We must act now to allocate this fuel so that additional lives are not lost as a result,” said Garcia. 

The lawmakers asked for a series of updates on fuel availability, fuel distribution strategies, and emergency action plans.

Last week, Garcia introduced the PROTECT Act, which would help improve forest management and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. Learn more about his bill here.  

Click here to read the letter.

Click here to read more about what Congressman Garcia is doing to prevent wildfires.