Coronavirus forces new approaches to fighting wildfires
Last updated 4/9/2020 at 12:54pm
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...