Money allocated for suppressing fires to run out

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Updated: 8/05 12:10 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the U.S. Forest Service will soon have to tap into programs designed to prevent wildfires so that it can meet the expenses of fighting blazes this summer.

Vilsack says about $400 million to $500 million in forestry projects will have to be put on hold in what has become a routine exercise. He predicted that the money set aside strictly for firefighting will run out by the end of August.

Some 30 large fires are working their way through federal and state forests in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. With lawmakers back home for the August recess and the public's attention focused on those efforts, Vilsack is lobbying for the administration's request for an additional $615 million to fight wildfires this fiscal year and next.

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Kramer - 8/5/2014 5:21 PM
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seems like most of the fires are on Forest lands, so Y the big rant on the BLM? Aren't they approving enough 'fracking' 4 ya?

Speed - 8/5/2014 3:42 PM
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They could probably save a LOT of money for fighting fires by cutting back the payroll of the DC pencil-pushers of the BLM;It's largely thanks to their own policies we have the huge amount of acreage burned each year in range fires. They should just wise up and let the Ranchers manage the grazing and wild lands management,as they did for Decades before the "new" BLM decided the suits in DC knew better than the people who dealt with it every day,year in and year out,first-hand. See,the Ranchers have nothing to gain,and everything to lose by screwing this up,ala BLM. BLM has no motive to do the RIGHT thing,because that would soon put them out of a job.
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