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Forest Service Ups Efforts to Prevent, Fight Wildfires

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The state is doing more to prevent wildfires, according to a new report from the Nebraska Forest Service.

In its 2013 report, the NFS said they loaned more than $57,000 worth of firefighting equipment to 245 volunteer departments last year.

They plan to speed up placement of even more equipment in the coming years.

The state also passed the Wildfire Control Act in 2013, which officials said focuses on rapid aerial attacks to keep fires small and easier to put out.

This legislation came after the state's worst year ever for wildfires.

Officials said nearly 500,000 acres and 65 structures burned in 2012.

That came at a cost of $12 million to fight the fires and $112 million in negative economic impacts.

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