Just before September's end, the chief of the U.S. Forest Service provided a House AG subcommittee the then numbers regarding the 2021 wildfire season and its severity. We spent a record number of days at preparedness level five, which is the highest fire risk level. More than 40000 fires have ravaged five point five million acres of forest, consuming four thousand homes, businesses and outbuildings. Resources stretched thin COVID 19 infections spiked for federal firefighters, sacrificed their lives and is not over. According to Chief Randy Moore, as an addition to existing wildfires, the traditional Santa Ana wind season in Southern California could result in more fire activity occurring in that part of the West. While he was discussing how wildfires can be addressed in the now and future, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that same day offered his thoughts while addressing an audience in Colorado. Speaker3: Overstock forest and dry conditions linked to climate change are a difficult combination, and it means that we're going to continue to see difficult fire seasons in the future unless we act and act now. Forest Service Chief Moore likened the dramatic rise in wildfire activity in recent years as an emergency, which he believes calls for emergency measures in the short term. He feels what is needed is Speaker2: A stable firefighting force and a modern wildfire management system to ensure that we respond to these fires.