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Congress should fund fires for what they are -- disasters
Congress should fund fires for what they are -- disasters

Californians are all too familiar with the devastation forest fires bring. The state has already had more than 1,000 wildfires this year, and the worst of the fire season is just beginning. More than 350,000 acres of national forest have burned in Northern California so far in 2014. And each year recently, we've seen more and more acreage burn, and more homes and lives, as well as natural resources, put in jeopardy. Not surprisingly, as wildfires have become more frequent and severe, the cost of battling them has also increased. In 1985, wildfire suppression cost the U.S. Forest Service about $240 million. In 2012, that number was $1.7 billion. A lot of factors have contributed to...

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