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Wind-driven brush fire closes Highway 395 in Inyo County

A wind-driven brush fire in Inyo County has shut down Highway 395 between Manzanar and Lone Pine, the California Highway Patrol said Thursday. The Spillway fire began before noon and has spread across 120 acres east of the highway, pushed by 20 mph winds, the California Department of Forestry and...

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  • Thomas fire, California's largest on record, finally 100% contained

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  • An explosive wildfire season drives firefighting costs to record levels

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    State and federal firefighting costs soared to record levels this year as wildfires scorched more than 9.5 million acres across the country, continuing a trend that is playing havoc with the U.S. Forest Service budget. The agency spent $2.4 billion battling wildfires in federal fiscal year 2017,...

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