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Glacier National Park Fire. Photo: Brett Timm, National Park Service

Western Wildfires Add to Disasters the Nation Faces: Will Congress Take Action?

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

Record wildfires are now burning across a large swath of the Western US, even as the Southeast and Gulf coasts of the US are struggling to recover from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Yesterday the Forest Service announced that firefighting costs have already topped $2 billion in 2017, for the first time ever. Earlier this week Senators Daines and Tester separately called for action to address wildfire threats, the latest of similar bipartisan efforts. Congress needs to finally get wildfire funding and forest management legislation across the finish line without delay.

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Photo: US Department of Agriculture/CC BY (Flickr)

Wildfires and Climate Change: Current Policies Fail to Limit Wildfire Risks

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

Worsening wildfire seasons are outstripping the capacity of federal agencies to respond. Read more >

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