‘Wildfire fix’ legislation before Senate committee

The U.S. Forest Service continues to spend more than half of its budget on fighting fires, more than it does on preventing them, causing a cycle of re-escalation and devastation across Oregon, according to agency officials and members of the Senate natural resources committee.

A hearing before the committee Thursday came as fires continued to burn across Oregon, including the 4,579-acre Whitewater Fire in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness. Nationally, wildfires are growing, too.

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