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Governor Otter Weighs In On Idaho's Wildfire Woes

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By Jay Michaels

Ketchum, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Somebody's got to help pay for battling the wildfires going on in the Gem State.

A good part of that money will come out of the Idaho budget. Last year, 1.7 million acres burned in the Gem State. Idaho Governor Butch Otter explains firefighters have to defend private property, natural resources, and the state's environment.

Gov. Butch Otter, (R) Idaho, says, "The state has a role that we will play in that. Right now it looks like our fire bill so far for this year is about $12 million. You know what we could do with $12 million in the classroom? We could make a tremendous difference in a lot of peoples' lives."

Officials say part of the solution to these fires is to allow grazing, cut trees, and log them. The governor explains that will result in a healthy forest in Idaho.

There are 21 million acres of federally owned forest of the Gem State, which Otter reveals isn't as healthy as the state forests.

August 21, 2013.


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