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Bentz presses agencies to act on wildfire commission – after voting against legislation

Wildfire in 2020 left damage all throughout the Santiam Canyon east of Salem. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Oregon, joined in a recent call for federal agencies to activate a Congressionally mandated committee to address wildfires, saying the Biden administration was tardy.

Bentz and 10 other U.S. representatives said in a March 8 letter they wanted an explanation for why no appointments had been made yet to the Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission.

The new commission was mandated by the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, passed in November.

Bentz, however, had voted against the very legislation that created the commission.

The letter was directed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which includes the Forest Service, the U.S. Department of Interior, which oversees the . . .