November 6, 2013
Jim Hubbard, deputy chief of the Forest Service, testified that Western states in particular need to prevent large wildfires as temperatures rise and droughts become more severe. (Cronkite News Service photo by Jack Fitzpatrick)
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For every dollar the government spends preventing wildfire damage, it could save cash-strapped agencies like the Forest Service another $5 on fighting increasingly large fires, a Senate committee was told Tuesday.Arizona wildfires were cited multiple times by witnesses who said the damages could have been reduced if more had been spent in advance on preventive measures.