September 30, 2008
Wildfires Eat into Forest Service Budget
The U.S. Forest Service budget shows more than $400 million has been shifted to fighting wildfires in the past two years.
USA Today said Tuesday that the changing priorities have led to deferred or canceled maintenance, and have placed limits on public access to national forests.
USA Today said that while the number of fires and acreage burned has declined recently, the overall cost of firefighting has gone up.