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Firefighting agencies warn of budget woes

Issue Date: May 7, 2014

This year's wildfire season is expected to be a budget buster, with firefighting costs nearly a half billion dollars more than available funds. A report to Congress issued last week said the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of the Interior may need to spend $1.8 billion fighting fires this year—but they only have $1.4 billion available for wildfire response.

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