‘It scares the heck out of me’: California’s federal firefighter shortage has gotten dramatically worse

Enviro & Legislation

As California’s wildfire season ramps up, the number of federal firefighters in the state is down — way down — plummeting to its lowest level in years, despite pledges by fire officials to have boosted the ranks before a potentially busy summer.The U.S. Forest Service, which operates the nation’s largest wildland fire force, entered the…

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