Crapo, Risch, Simpson, Wyden join officials at NIFC to celebrate long-sought end to 'fire borrowing'

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After years of gathering annually at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise to decry “fire borrowing” – the situation in which the Forest Service, each year, shifts millions from other programs when the costs to fight the West’s escalating wildfires balloons, thereby cutting prevention efforts meant to reduce that trend – a bipartisan group of congressmen and top agency officials had a different tone when they gathered at NIFC today: Celebration. The fix for “fire borrowing” finally came in this year’s omnibus budget bill, which also allocated millions more for firefighting over the next two years before the new mechanism takes effect, allowing federal disaster funds, starting in 2020, to be tapped for catastrophic wildfires, just as they are...

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Crapo, Risch, Simpson, Wyden join officials at NIFC to celebrate long-sought end to 'fire borrowing'

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