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This thinned buffer zone helped prevent the Wallow Fire from consuming Alpine. A plan to treat wildfires like hurricanes when it comes to funding has spurred controversy. Diversion from the Forest Service budget to cover the rising cost of fighting fires often consumes money for such thinning projects.

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Flames of controversy

Senators oppose plan to budget for wildfires

Arizona’s two U.S. Senators have come out against a widely hailed, bipartisan effort to fundamentally change how the federal government finances its wildfire fighting efforts.

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