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Budget cuts trim federal wildfire spending

Budget cuts trim federal wildfire spending

WASHINGTON — This year's across-the-board budget cuts are slicing tens of millions of dollars from the federal government's funds for battling wildfires, reductions that have meant fewer firefighters and could cause agencies to dip into other programs designed to prevent future blazes.

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Portable shelters couldn’t save 19 firefighters

Portable shelters couldn’t save 19 firefighters

PRESCOTT — In a heartbreaking sight, a long line of vans from a coroner's office carried the bodies of 19 elite firefighters out of the tiny mountain town of Yarnell on Monday, as the wind-driven wildfire that claimed the men's lives burned out of control. About 200 more firefighters arrived to the scorching mountains, doubling the number of firefighters battling the blaze, ignited by lightning.

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Arizona ‘Hotshots’ lived the meaning of the word

Arizona ‘Hotshots’ lived the meaning of the word

PRESCOTT — They were fathers and expectant fathers. High school football players and former Marines. Smoke-eaters' sons and first-generation firefighters. What bound the members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots together was a "love of hard work and arduous adventure," and a willingness to risk their lives to protect others. And now, 19 families share a bond of grief.

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