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Secretaries Zinke and Perdue visit Idaho

Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signs a document pledging federal and state cooperation on wildfires with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, left. The two secretaries were in Idaho with Gov. Butch Otter, right, and a group of Hot Shot firefighters behind them Friday, June 2, 2017 at National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

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Fly over the aftermath of the 2016 Pioneer Fire

Boise County Emergency Management Coordinator John Roberts gets an aerial perspective of the damage caused by the 188,000-acre Pioneer Fire last year northeast of Boise. The Idaho Conservation League helped facilitate the flyover with EcoFlight pilot Bruce Gordon May 26, 2017.

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Pioneer Fire recovery and rehab

The U.S. Forest Service took people on a tour to show what it's doing on the land after the 200,000 acre Pioneer Fire burned through the Boise National Forest.(Rocky Barker)

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Pioneer Fire bill rises as fire-cost reform stalls in Congress

The Pioneer Fire is on a path to exceed $100 million in firefighting costs in a year when overall firefighting costs are down. Some observers think the Forest Service needs to change the incentives to make cost reductions possible, but public sentiment backs spending more for firefighting than other agency programs.

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Secretaries Zinke and Perdue visit Idaho

Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signs a document pledging federal and state cooperation on wildfires with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, left. The two secretaries were in Idaho with Gov. Butch Otter, right, and a group of Hot Shot firefighters behind them Friday, June 2, 2017 at National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.
Darin Oswald doswald@idahostatesman.com
Secretaries Zinke and Perdue visit Idaho 2:10

Secretaries Zinke and Perdue visit Idaho

Fly over the aftermath of the 2016 Pioneer Fire 2:10

Fly over the aftermath of the 2016 Pioneer Fire

A hike through the Pioneer Fire area 0:54

A hike through the Pioneer Fire area

Why, asks Boise's fire chief, can we buy illegal fireworks when we can't use them? 1:19

Why, asks Boise's fire chief, can we buy illegal fireworks when we can't use them?