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Cost of fighting big fires hampers Forest Service programs

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The U.S. Forest Service is spending far more money fighting more and larger forest fires, and has less left in its kitty to manage forests before those fires strike.


That was the summary Wednesday by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who released a new report showing firefighting now accounts for 42 percent of the Forest Service budget, up from 16 percent in 1995.

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