Feds send $930 million to curb ‘crisis’ of US West wildfires

By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press

BILLINGS — The U.S. is directing $930 million toward reducing wildfire dangers in 10 western states by clearing trees and underbrush from national forests, the Biden administration announced Thursday, as officials struggle to contain destructive infernos that are being made worse by climate change.

Under a strategy now entering its second year, the U.S. Forest Service is trying to prevent out-of-control fires that start on public lands from raging through communities. But in an interview with The Associated Press, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack acknowledged that the shortage of workers that’s been plaguing other sectors of the economy is hindering the agency’s wildfire efforts.

Growing up in the Poudre river watershed lends itself well to a certain lifestyle. Hally Strevey caught her first fish when she was four. from the banks of the Poudre, not far from here. like father, like daughter – nature lovers turned ecologists and what began as a lifestyle became her life’s work. Because to Strevey, that’s what this place represents. But as the planet warms, less snowpack means less water, and increasingly intense wildfires threaten what’s left of it.

He warned that “draconian” budget cuts floated by some Republicans,

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