As wildfires rage, Biden is raising federal firefighter pay


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is temporarily raising federal firefighter pay to ensure that no one fighting wildland fires is making less than $15 per hour.

Biden’s plan for higher pay comes as he holds a virtual meeting Wednesday with governors from Western states to discuss what’s already shaping up to be a torrid wildfire season.

In addition, a huge part of the Pacific Northwest is in the midst of one of the worst heat waves to hit the region in recent memory.

Biden also plans to announce other moves to help boost wildfire-fighting capacity and prevention efforts.


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