Firefighters get pay boost, say more needed as wildfires keep growing

Starting pay for federal wildland firefighters was $13 an hour until last year, when it was raised to $15 an hour. The Biden administration this week approved steep raises for federal firefighters, which officials called a step in the right direction while adding that more needs to be done. Here, a National Guard soldier fights the High Park wildfire in Larimer County, Colo., in 2012 . (Sgt. Jess Geffre/Army National Guard)

Starting pay for federal wildland firefighters was $13 an hour until last year, when it was raised to $15 an hour. The Biden administration this week approved steep raises for federal firefighters, which officials called a step in the right direction while adding that more needs to be done. Here, a National Guard soldier fights the High Park wildfire in Larimer County, Colo., in 2012 . (Sgt. Jess Geffre/Army National Guard)

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