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As wildfires rage in the West, Biden temporarily raises federal firefighter pay to $15/hr

Biden's plan would add or convert to full-time nearly 1,000 firefighters across a host of agencies

Wildfire

U.S. seeks to bolster firefighter ranks by boosting pay and benefits as wildfires increase

Officials at National Interagency Fire Center on Tuesday raised the national wildfire preparedness level to 4 on a 1-5 scale, the second earliest dating back to 1990.

Politics and Government

Drew Litton: Colorado superheroes for Halloween

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All missing people accounted for as snow gives crews battling East Troublesome fire a reprieve

Several inches of snow have fallen across the high country. As much as 6 inches of snow was reported in Grand Lake.

Wildfire

Meet the Colorado helicopter medic trained to rescue wildland firefighters

Unique federal, state, military and civilian partnerships grow from Gypsum’s High Altitude Army National Guard Training Site, creating a firefighting unicorn like Aaron Zinser

Wildfire

Drones dropping “Dragon Eggs” are Colorado’s latest aerial assault weapon for wildfires

Aerial ignition used to be done by helicopters. Now, drones are handling airborne firebombing -- and a lot more.

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Opinion: Want to support Colorado firefighters? Take action on climate change.

Opinion Columns

You’ve seen those massive jets fighting Colorado’s wildfires. Meet the pilots who get “down and dirty” flying them.

A pair of DC-10 widebody jets from New Mexico dump 10,000 gallons of retardant in a single trip as part of an expanding, quick-strike aerial strategy.

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No mess-tent meals, no giant camps: This is wildfire fighting in Colorado during coronavirus

Crews instead are “spiking out” in small groups and using aircraft to keep blazes smaller. This is why fire officials asked months ago for a burn ban and extra funding.

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Joe Neguse wants to direct billions to public lands to help Western states recover from coronavirus

The Boulder County Democrat says it’s time to “go big and be bold” with his sweeping 21st Century Conservation Corps for Our Health and Our Jobs Act, which provides economic relief from coronavirus shutdown while investing in overlooked forest management, wildfire mitigation and civilian corps.

Politics and Government

Wildfire base camps are prone to coronavirus outbreaks, government report says

The U.S. Forest Service's draft risk assessment predicts that even in a best-case scenario nearly two dozen firefighters could be infected with COVID-19 at a camp with hundreds of people

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