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Wildland firefighters could lose pay

Officials fear mass quits as fire danger increases

Posted 11/3/23

A substantial but temporary pay boost for federal wildland firefighters will sunset in the coming weeks and some officials fear a massive exodus of experienced personnel, even as wildland fire dangers appear to be worsening. 

The National Federation of Federal Employees, which represents about 10,000 federal wildland firefighters, estimates that without the permanent pay raises, 30 percent to 50 percent of wildland firefighters could leave their posts.

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