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Forest Service Deputy Chief Jim Hubbard, left, and National Federation of Federal Employees President William Dougan after a Senate subcommittee hearing on how prepared the government is to fight wildfires. (Cronkite News Service by Paulina Pineda)

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Officials ask Congress for funds to train firefighters, fight wildfires

Forestry and fire officials told a Senate subcommittee that federal, state and local firefighters need more funding, training and flexibility to effectively battle wildfires.