two weeks in the West

Peterson, Jodi
September 2008
High Country News;9/1/2008, Vol. 40 Issue 16, p3
The article reports on the implication of the wildfires in the U.S. In 1988, the wildfires in and near the Yellowstone National Park caused more than $3 million in property damage and killed two firefighters. In 2007, more than 1 million acres of Idaho went up in flames and in 2008, 55,000 acres have burned. In the west, lightning bolts and lighter-wielding pyros set the forest on fire but the federal agencies run out of money to address the incident, thus Congress put $1.2 billion in the Forest Service's pocket in 2008 to prevent and suppress fires.


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