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Stories tagged: fire borrowing


UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018

Idaho lawmakers celebrate ‘fire borrowing’ fix – though not all voted for the bill

After years of gathering annually at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise to decry “fire borrowing” – the situation in which the Forest Service, each year, shifts millions from …


Eye on Boise: Lawmaker thankful for ‘America, the land of redemption’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Tony Potts, a property manager and salesman at Bish’s RV Supercenter in Idaho Falls, to replace longtime Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017

Western senators say fire-funding fix must be ‘on the next bill’ Congress passes

Western senators, led by Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo and Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, are launching a full-court press to get a fix for the nation’s wildfire funding system through Congress …


Bill suppresses destructive wildfire cycle

Failing to properly manage forests and reduce the fuel for fires leads to more intense fires and increased costs down the road.


UPDATED: Mon., June 12, 2017

Idaho’s Simpson wants to reform wildfire funding, Labrador targets refugee resettlement

Both of Idaho’s congressmen introduced legislation late last week, 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson on reforming funding for fighting the nation’s wildfires, and 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador on limiting …


Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says maybe now that GOP is in control, Congress will end ‘fire borrowing’

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who made her final official visit to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise on Tuesday, said it’s “very frustrating” that after years of pressure and …


Western senators push for wildfire funding change

What do baseball bats have to do with wildfire funding? The answer has to do with congressional politics – and why three western senators say they’ve got a shot this …


Senate bill takes steps to improve wildfire fight

Called the Wildfire Budgeting, Response, and Forest Management Act, it would, yet again, attempt to end the trick called “fire borrowing,” where money for forest management, fire prevention and treatment …


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 …