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Coronavirus forces new approaches to fighting wildfires

 

Last updated 4/9/2020 at 12:54pm

REBECCA BOONE

Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - They are two disasters that require opposite responses: To save lives and reduce the spread of COVID-19, people are being told to remain isolated. But in a wildfire, thousands of firefighters must work in close quarters for weeks at a time.

Wildfires have already broken out in Texas and Florida, and agencies are scrambling to finish plans for a new approach. They are considering waivers for some training requirements to previously-certified crew members, and moving some training online.

Other proposals include limiting fire engines to a dr...



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