November 15, 2019
Press Release

LOS ANGELES – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement recognizing the one-year anniversary of the Woolsey Fire. In November 2018, the Woolsey fire burned 1,643 structures, prompted the evacuation of almost 300,000 residents, and killed three people.

“One year ago, parts of my district were destroyed by the disastrous Woolsey fire. We lost three people in the fires and we continue to mourn their untimely passing along with their families and friends. Our community lost so much during the blaze, and we continue to reel from it a year later.

“But, in the face of such devastation, what stood out to me was the heroism of our brave firefighters and first responders, who put their lives on the line to contain the fire. And also the solidarity of members of our community who rallied together to offer support, shelter and sometimes a shoulder to cry on. It was deeply moving to see how many leapt into action when they saw their neighbors in need.

“After visiting disaster relief centers in my district and touring parts that had burned, I saw firsthand the impact that this wildfire had on our community. In the year since, it has been my priority to secure federal funding to rebuild homes, infrastructure, and businesses in my district. Although I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, I know there is still a lot of work to do to help victims recover and rebuild after this disaster.”

Background on wildfire relief efforts:

Following the outbreak of the Woolsey fire, Congressman Lieu joined other members of the California delegation in multiple efforts to secure federal funding for wildfire-affected areas. These included writing letters requesting an emergency declaration from the President, requesting funding for fire recovery to the House Appropriations Committee and requesting increased assistance with debris removal and emergency protective measures to the President. Congressman Lieu also cosponsored Congressman Mike Thompson’s amendment to the Supplemental Appropriations Act, which increased the funding the federal government provided for debris removal and emergency protective measures. In the coming months, workers will break ground on a replacement bridge on Mulholland Highway over Triunfo Creek after the old one burned during the fires.

Over the past year, Congressman Lieu’s staff has been assisting constituents impacted by the wildfire by working on individual cases, meeting with local residents and providing assistance at the disaster recovery centers.