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Schatz Statement On Maui, Hawai‘i Island Fires

HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today released the following statement on the fires on Maui and Hawai‘i Island:

“These fires are absolutely devastating, and we will not know the full extent of the damage for a while. In the meantime, the highest priority is the safety of the people.

“I’ve been in touch with the White House, Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, the governor, the lieutenant governor, and the mayors to ensure that maximum federal resources are deployed immediately and that we stand ready for the disaster recovery phase.

“I want to thank the first responders and the community for bravely fighting these fires and trying to keep people safe and encourage everyone to follow the advice of county officials and visit to get updated information.”