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DeFazio on wildfires: 'I intend to ask for the GAO to investigate'

Congressman Peter DeFazio discussed the dangerous fire situation at the Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary Club, August 29, 2017. (SBG)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Congressman Peter DeFazio discussed the dangerous fire situation on the south coast Tuesday at the Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary Club.

He praised those battling the Chetco Bar Fire and also talked about concerns over how the firefighting effort has been managed.

"I intend, as I did on the Biscuit Fire a number of years ago, to ask for the GAO (Government Accountability Office) to investigate all of the activities that took place,” DeFazio said. “I mean, there are some who feel that the initial attack on the fire was inadequate, that it may have been controlled even though it's a very difficult terrain…I can't answer that question."

The congressman wrapped up a series of town halls Tuesday afternoon in Florence.

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