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Idaho Department of Lands seeking temporary workers for firefighting efforts

BY: - July 20, 2021

The Coeur d’Alene Interagency Fire Cache, which stocks and maintains wildland firefighting equipment and supplies, is in need of more truck drivers and warehouse workers to assist with the severe fires burning across the state, according to a release. Wildfires in Idaho and across the West are depleting resources, the release stated, and there is […]

Brad Little meets with firefighters

As unprecedented fire risk looms, Gov. Little calls on Idahoans to use extreme caution

BY: - July 13, 2021

Gov. Brad Little issued a dire warning about the nearly unprecedented fire risk in Idaho as he toured the Great Basin Smokejumpers base Tuesday at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.  Tuesday’s visit to the fire center and the public warnings followed the emergency declaration Little issued Friday. That order authorizes Idaho National Guard […]

Idaho governor issues emergency declaration for wildfire season

BY: - July 9, 2021

Originally published on the Idaho Reports blog on Friday, July 9. As temperatures soar this week and the drought continues, Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued an emergency declaration related to wildfire Friday. Little also mobilized Idaho National Guard firefighters and aircraft to assist in the effort. Northern areas of the state have reported fires starting […]

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As climate change disasters strike, couldn’t we at least try to leave our descendants a livable world?

BY: - July 7, 2021

Every Scouting family knows that Lord Robert Baden-Powell was the founder of the world Scouting program. Included in his last message to the Scouts was this piece of wisdom: “Try and leave this world a little better than you found it, and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that […]

Biden convenes Western wildfire meeting

Biden, Western governors plan for ‘severe’ wildfire season in White House briefing

BY: - June 30, 2021

For years, American presidents have held annual meetings with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials to plan ahead for the Atlantic hurricane season. In an era when the catastrophic impacts of climate change are accelerating from coast to coast, President Joe Biden on Wednesday convened a first-of-its-kind meeting to make similar preparations for what is shaping […]

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President Biden didn’t invite Idaho’s governor to wildfire meeting

BY: - June 30, 2021

Idaho has among the worst wildfires in the nation. It is home to the National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates wildland firefighting for the U.S. And experts predict this year’s droughts and record-high temperatures may bring more fires. But as President Joe Biden hosts a meeting of Western governors today to talk about this year’s […]

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Biden to meet with Western governors about wildfires, vows to raise firefighter pay

BY: - June 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he will host a meeting next week of Western governors, Cabinet members and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials “to prepare for heat, drought and wildfires in the West.” Biden at a White House FEMA briefing also sharply criticized the low salaries paid to federal wildland firefighters. “There’s […]

A C-130J Hercules assigned to the 146th Airlift Wing based at Channel Islands Air National Guard Base in Port Hueneme, California, drops fire retardant chemicals onto a ridge line above Santa Barbara, Dec. 13, 2017, as part of the effort to contain the Thomas Fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)

Biden allocates $1B to prepare for wildfire, hurricane season

BY: - May 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is doubling the amount of federal funding to help states prepare for natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires, he announced Monday. His administration is directing $1 billion to the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program, which sends resources to communities, states, and tribal governments to prepare for extreme weather events. […]

Helmville, Montana, volunteer firefighters train in the forest.

New funding to curb wildfires pushed in Congress, as another fire season looms

BY: - April 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — As wildfires across the United States grow in size, intensity and duration each summer, members of Congress from the West are pushing for massive new investments in ecosystem management and wildfire mitigation. House lawmakers called for more attention to wildfire management and support for wildland firefighters at a hearing Thursday before a House […]