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Thu December 12, 2013

Governors Strategizing In Vegas About Wildfires

Credit westgov.org / Western Governors Association

Leaders from around the West met to strategize about wildfire management Thursday.

Governors from several states discussed ways to prevent and put out wildfires during the annual winter meeting of the Western Governors' Association on the Las Vegas Strip.

Established in 1984, the association includes governors from 19 Western states. Members share ideas, concerns and approaches to dealing with issues unique to the West.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell delivered a keynote address Thursday morning highlighting the federal government's commitment to collaborating on conservation and land management issues.

She told an audience of officials that climate change is real, and seen most clearly in the West.

"You see it here in the west around fires, around floods," she said.

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