Despite a dramatic spike in the number of people unaccounted for as the historically deadly Camp Fire rages in northern California, members of Congress have been relatively quiet on the natural disaster.
A list of missing people ballooned from 130 names to nearly 300 names within hours Wednesday, the Mercury News reported, and reached more than 600 names by late Thursday. Sixty-three people have died, and another three have died in a simultaneous blaze in Southern California.
Amid contentious leadership races and tug-of-wars over committee assignments, the fires appear to have fallen off the radar. But members of the California delegation have expressed sympathy for the victims and gratitude to the firefighters while pushing out information from local authorities to their followers.
Today, I joined @JerryBrownGov and @SecretaryZinke for a briefing on the latest updates on the wildfires in our area. Our community has faced significant challenges from the #WoolseyFire and #HillFire, but together, we will recover. pic.twitter.com/34Qvt4YMVy
My heart goes out to everyone who has been impacted by the wildfires raging in our state. If you or someone you know needs help, click here to learn about resources that may be available — including air quality information: https://t.co/4HHTHRw47Y
The Camp Fire, has quickly become the deadliest fire in California’s history. Our firefighters, including many from our Central Valley community, have worked tirelessly to contain the ongoing and deadly blazes, and my prayers are with all those affected.
As someone with family who has had to evacuate due to these fires, I understand the terror, I understand the helplessness, and I also understand the looming feeling of not knowing whether or not your house will still be standing when you return. pic.twitter.com/XyJofRG4RM
— Congressmember Bass (@RepKarenBass) November 16, 2018
Thankful for the tireless efforts of California firefighters and those who have come in from other states to battle these devastating blazes https://t.co/R3lQ4n6WH5
Extremely saddened by the destruction from the fires across our state. So many lives lost and still many more people unaccounted for. I stand in support of our firefighters and first responders who are battling the fires and helping affected families.https://t.co/m32h2vkjbA
The wildfires across California have been devastating, but it’s important now more than ever to listen to our first responders if they offer guidance for protecting our homes and our lives. pic.twitter.com/dwcxSXWryF
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