Cliff Bentz

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A delegation of Oregon lawmakers is pressing FEMA to detail its steps for improving disaster assistance after major wildfires.

Surrounded by tangles of burned metal and charred trees on a recent afternoon, Cliff Bentz surveys the destruction of the Almeda Drive Fire at the Royal Oaks Mobile Manor in Phoenix Oregon.

“This is one of the saddest things that I’ve ever seen,” he says.

Thousands of people were displaced in the September fire that destroyed 2,357 residential structures and resulted in three deaths. Bentz says he’s seen similar damage in Northern California where friends lost homes in recent years.

“Sadly, I’m familiar with this, but never this graphic,” he says.