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Local fire departments like Beaver Valley provided the first response to the Water Wheel Fire and are now eligible for federal reimbursement. The aftermath of the Water Wheel Fire (below) could cause major erosion problems this winter.

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Fire smolders, budget burns

More than 300 firefighters spent Thursday working the edges of the 770 acres burned by the Water Wheel Fire, their dogged and vital efforts underscoring the plight of the U.S. Forest Service — which now devotes about half its total budget to fighting forest fires.


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