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July 24, 2014

Fire season likely to get worse

  • A new report suggests making local governments responsible for more firefighting costs as a way to limit building in high risk areas.
  • GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Despite widespread drought in the West and expectations of an above-average wildfire season, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer.

    U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said Wednesday that largely has been a matter of luck, with the hot windy weather known as “red flag” days not lining up with the lighting strikes that start most fires, particularly in California.

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