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Stories with person: Mike Crapo
  • Western wildfires burn unchecked as resources stretched thin story has photos
    Updated: Aug-19-15 7:10 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - This summer's massive fires have strained resources across the West to the point that wildfire managers are being forced to let some fires burn unchecked, and that has renewed a longstanding debate about whether it is better to fight a fire - or to sometimes just let it burn out.

  • Idaho, Oregon lawmakers push new way to pay for wildfires 
    Updated: Aug-12-15 6:36 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - A bipartisan effort seeking to change the way the country pays to fight disastrous wildfires has been renewed after stalling repeatedly from lawmakers hesitant to approve letting firefighting agencies use dollars meant for natural disaster rather than money set aside for fire prevention.