Tree Frog Forestry News

Forest firefighters not affected by federal shutdown, officials say

October 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighting operations in California will not be affected by the government shutdown if wildfires ignite this weekend in hot, dry and windy conditions, fire officials said Friday. Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service, who would battle blazes that start on national forest land, are exempt from furloughs that have hit hundreds of thousands of other federal employees this week, said Daniel Berlant, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman.