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U.S. Forest Service Running Out of Money for Wildfires

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As of this morning the fire was at 600 acres with 0% of it contained. Five houses were forced to evacuate and 207 more structures have been threatened. Firefighters are using heavy tankers and bulldozers to block the fire's progress.     

A representative from the Forest Service say the "air and the ground are busy, but we don't have a lot of firefighters on the ground cutting line. Most of that's being done with equipment right now to protect structures near the bottom of the fire."    

The fire has caused some road closures in the area.  No traffic is allowed southbound on Highway 212 after mile marker 65.2, also known as "Point of the Rocks," and that's the case for local traffic too.  The closure extends to Wyoming-296, also known as the Chief Joseph Highway. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Meanwhile the U.S. Forest Service says they're running out of money to fight wildfires. This, at the peak of the season! Now the nation's top wildfire-fighting agency is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other areas to fill the gap.  A spokesman for the Forest Service said in an email today, they're down to $50 million typically just enough for a couple of days of fighting wildfires after spending $967 million so far this year. Wildfire spending by other federal agencies takes the total to $1.2 billion.      

There are 51 large and uncontained fires burning across the nation, making it tough to meet demands for fire crews and equipment.

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