The nation’s top official responsible for disaster response visited Boise Tuesday, July 3, and said it’s time for Westerners to brace for a long, hot wildfire season.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano spent Tuesday afternoon at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, where the nation’s leading fire commanders and scientists briefed her and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on the conditions that have led to one of the most destructive wildfire seasons in years. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter joined the briefing.

“We were looking at the extensive amount of interagency cooperation that goes into planning for fire season, making…”

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