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'OPB Politics Now': The Politics Of Wildfire


The Eagle Creek Fire takes spreads through the Columbia River Gorge, September 4, 2017.

The Eagle Creek Fire takes spreads through the Columbia River Gorge, September 4, 2017.

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Wildfires have scorched over 800 square miles in Oregon this year. Our lawmakers are trying to get more federal money to help the firefighting effort. Hurricanes have focused the federal government on disaster relief and that could mean big changes in the way fire funding works. 

OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Chris Lehman join host Julie Sabatier to talk about the political, financial, and environmental complexities of wildfire.

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