Daines wildfire bill would speed forestry work

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Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, confers with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California during a committee hearing on the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act, which they co-authored. 

Rob Chaney

Smoke from the West Coast wildfires helped set the stage for a Washington, D.C., hearing on a new wildfire and forest management bill backed by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana.

“The West is burning, people are dying, and the smoke is literally starting to cover our country,” Republican Daines said during a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday. “Our way of life as we know it is in danger.”

California Democratic Sen.

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