US Forest Service

Firefighters

Firefighters get pay boost, say more needed as wildfires keep growing – Cronkite News

Advocates welcomed the announcement this week that pay for federal firefighters will increase by as much as $20,000 this year, what one official called a potentially “life-changing” step for the chronically underpaid crews. But they say more still needs to be done to attract and retain crews to the dangerous job of battling wildland blazes,

Environment

4FRI revived: Wildfire-prevention program back on track after months of delay

The popular 4FRI forest maintenance program is back on track with a more focused, “more realistic approach” that appears to have government, industry and environmental officials in rare agreement. The U.S. Department of Agriculture had abruptly halted negotiations on an extension of the Four Forests Restoration Initiative in September, a move that caught stakeholders by

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