Second District Democratic Congressional candidate Nicole LeFavour issued a statement Thursday about the Charlotte Fire, which began June 28 and burned 66 homes and 29 outbuildings south of Pocatello.
LeFavour, a state senator from Boise, is facing seven-term Republican Rep. Mike Simpson in November.
Her statement follows:
Senator Nicole LeFavour Responds To Community Crisis in Pocatello
Senator Nicole LeFavour offered her support to the Pocatello community as they cope with the devastating Charlotte Fire. She has directed her campaign organizer, John Perryman of Pocatello, to continue updating her on the fire threat and the community's recovery efforts.
“I'm so sorry for the families that have been affected by this fire in the community. It is such a stress for the community and is particularly difficult on those firefighters when homes and lives are involved,” Senator Lefavour said.
Senator LeFavour, who has worked as a wild land firefighter, said, “I know how intense the situation will be until the fire is fully contained and danger from wind is gone. I never had to fight fires that directly threatened homes and I can only imagine the difficulty of that for the fire fighters.”
The strong community response has been an inspiration. Many individuals, groups, and religious organizations are coming to the aid of those in need. From the Humane Society doing all they can to help with displaced animals to the LDS church opening their services to all affected by the fire regardless of faith tradition.
"I so deeply appreciate the response of the firefighters, police, sheriff, city, and the many members of the community who are giving their time, sharing their homes, and making donations to help during this frightening time. My thoughts and best wishes are with you all."
Senator Nicole LeFavour grew up in Custer County in central Idaho and worked for the U.S.D.A. Forest service as a wild land firefighter, back country ranger and hydrology technician. She has served 8 years in the Idaho legislature and is currently running for the U.S. House of Representatives against incumbent Mike Simpson.