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  • Western senators push bill to fix how forest firefighting is funded

    BOISE – With wildfires raging along with the costs to fight them, a group of Western senators on Wednesday touted a solution for paying firefighting bills. The U.S. Forest Service …


  • Hobbyists flying drones threaten firefighting efforts

    BOISE – Folks flying unauthorized drones near wildfires are getting in firefighters’ way, prompting the National Interagency Fire Center to ask operators to cut it out. Drones “could cause serious …


  • Idaho senators want wildfire funding to focus on prevention

    BOISE – Three Western senators met in fire-ravaged Idaho on Tuesday to announce a push to reform the way the nation funds fire prevention and firefighting. Idaho’s two Republican senators …


  • Rain delaying Northwest fire season

    BOISE – Rain and cooler temperatures mean the wildfire season in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana will start later than initially predicted, officials with the National Interagency Fire Center said …


  • Federal fire agencies face budget cuts

    BOISE – With a “difficult” fire season looming, across-the-board budget cuts are now hitting federal firefighting agencies. The result: There will be hundreds fewer firefighters deployed to battle wildfires across …


  • Budget cuts hit as tough fire season looms

    BOISE - With a “difficult” fire season looming, firefighters are facing budget cuts that will result in 500 fewer firefighters for the Forest Service alone and 50 fewer engines available, …

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