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UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

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 …

Hawaii, parts of Southeast, Southwest face summer wildfire risk

Forecasters say Hawaii and pockets of the Southeastern and Southwestern United States could face above-normal danger of significant wildfires this summer.

Wildfire outlook report: Southwest, Florida at risk; Northwest more normal

Wildfires this summer are expected to be most severe in southwestern U.S. states, Florida, Georgia and in some parts of California and Nevada, forecasters said Monday.

Eye on Boise: Idaho college funding still lagging

A new national report charts reduced state investment in higher education and rising tuition across the country, with Idaho ranking fairly poorly – the report found that state spending on …

Northwest firefighters head to Canada to help attack wildfire

For the first time, U.S. officials have sent firefighters to help battle a giant blaze in Canada that has destroyed parts of Fort McMurray in Alberta.

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, …