Shutdown Hampers Wildfire Preparedness and Training Across The Country

Winter is peak time for prescribed burns, deliberately set fires designed to eliminate leaves and other flammable material that could fuel a larger forest fire. But the partial government shutdown is interfering with this and other preparations for the fire season.

Firefighters and forest managers are losing valuable time to prepare for the upcoming wildland fire season as the partial government shutdown continues.

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