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MAY 02, 2014 - Yahoo! News

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U.S. projected firefighting costs exceed budget by $470 million

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - The U.S. government expects to spend $470 million more than it has on hand to fight wildfires in a season that has already brought large blazes to California and Western states, where drought is worsening fire risks, federal officials said on Friday. Predicted high temperatures and less moisture for much of the U.S. West are expected to boost firefighting costs to nearly$1.87 billion this year for agencies that only have $1.4 billion budgeted, according to the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. A provision in President Barack ... Read More

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