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AP Newsbreak: Running out of money, Forest Service diverts $600 million to pay for wildfires

Running out of money to fight wildfires at the peak of the season, the U.S. Forest Service is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other areas to fill the gap.

The nation’s top wildfire-fighting agency was down to $50 million after spending $967 million so far this year, Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers said Wednesday in an email.

Wildfire spending by other federal agencies takes the total to $1.2 billion.

Chambers says the $50 million the Forest Service has left is typically enough to pay for just a few days of fighting fires when the nation is at its top wildfire preparedness level, which went into effect Tuesday.

There are 51 large uncontained fires burning across the nation, making it tough to meet demands for fire crews and equipment.

Evacuations Ordered in Wildfire Growing in Dry, Mountainous Terrain South of Idyllwild

The blaze began at 1:43 p.m. in the community of Mountain Center

Evacuations Ordered in Wildfire Near Idyllwild

NBC4 viewer Holly Lindquist sent in this photo from Hemet of a wildfire burning in the Idyllwild area on July 15, 2013.


Mandatory evacuations were prompted by growing wildfire in dry mountain terrain south of Idyllwild that also shut down two highways on Monday afternoon.

The blaze was at 235 acres at just before 5 p.m., about 3 hours after it began, Mark Annas of the Riverside County Fire Department said.

Evacuations were ordered for the Living Free Animal Sanctuary, Bonita Vista Community of about 20 homes and four homes at Fleming Ranch, the department.

Dubbed the Mountain Fire, the wildfire was under attack from 307 firefighters, four helicopters and six air tankers, according to a fire department incident report. It was 5 percent contained at 4:55 p.m.

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Doce Fire Near Prescott, Arizona


The Doce Fire breaks out Tuesday afternoon near Prescott.
Photographer: Steve Acker


Here is new information about the Doce Fire from Jeff Andrews of the U.S. Forest Service, as of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday:

SIZE: 5,000 acres, 0% containment

LOCATION: Fire has progressed to the east from near Iron Springs, which is 8 miles west of Prescott. The blaze is now on the east side of Granite Mountain, and going into a flat area with wider fields

THREAT: Several hundred homes, but nothing lost yet.

CREWS: 300 firefighters, heavy air tankers, numerous large helicopters, more resources being called in, include a Type 1 team that will take over the fight  tomorrow.

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