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Higher pay urged for federal wildland firefighters

Jul 16, 2021
The need for firefighters is greater than ever. But the federal government is having a hard time finding recruits.
The federal government is having a hard time finding firefighter recruits, in part because the $15-an-hour base pay is not competitive.
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For 2 California volunteer firefighters, the losses hit home

Sep 14, 2020
Fire decimates the neighborhood where they both grew up.
Brandon North and Becca Brown-Dehner grieve the loss of their two family homes at Spanish Flat Mobile Villa in Napa County, California.
Lesley McClurg/KQED

The rekindling of fire lookout towers

Oct 26, 2018
How one state is reinvesting in a century old method to fight wildfires.
A fire lookout tower in Pennsylvania.
Andrei Taranchenko/Flickr

As wildfires spread, the contractors are called in

Sep 17, 2015
Outside help is filling the gap between 'what we have and what we need.'

Living in a wildfire zone

Aug 27, 2015
In much of the West, the question is not 'will there be a wildfire?' It's 'when?'

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Installing solar panels? Think of the firefighters

Nov 12, 2013
For firefighters, there can be too many solar panels on a roof. Fire officials and the solar industry are paying attention to the concern.