Speech to Text for Wildfires Hit Timber Income that Keeps Juvenile Shelter Afloat
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lily says, "even my grandmother is affected by the smoke more congestion more coughs so you see the cco's in the local healthcare providers having to deal with the ramifications." lily morgan is a josephine county commisoner. she says hospitals in her county are full of people with smoke-related illnesses. lily says, what is the long-term impact going to be on our communities not just temporarily in the fire season itself." she brought this concern to senator merkley today...as he listened to briefings from 12 people...from a wide range of agencies. they told him about the fire fights...and their wish lists for fighting the fires more efficiently. some crews said they have the tools they need...some said they would like more aircraft. lily also said she's concerned about the economic impact on her county's juvinile shelter. that's a place for young people to go when they can't find a foster home. she says the fires have destroyed 8 to 9 million dollars worth of timber so far. that was the income for the next 2 years. lily says, "talk about some of the trees they lost they were only 15-year- old trees they have no value to get the value of the tree can take 40 to 60 years to regain that growth ... barring any future fires. the senator said he wants his colleagues in washington to work across the aisle to make sure the forests are managed correctly to prevent fires like this from happening year...after year. merkley says, "we need to take a look at the tools in the immediate toolbox for fighting fires. but it also means that all of us have to come together across party lines and every which way recognize saying that the carbon pollution is driving a hotter planet and that's the driver behind all of us." [a27]merkley fire briefing-tag the senator adds he thinks the environmentalif you want toe additional in-depth coverage about the fires burning in the area... head to our website,