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Leaner Forest Service Prepares For Busy Wildfire Season

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Lightning started 87,284 acre fire in June 2012, 259 homes destroyed, 1 Larimer Co. resident killed (credit: Copter4 on June 22)

Lightning started 87,284 acre fire in June 2012, 259 homes destroyed, 1 Larimer Co. resident killed (credit: Copter4 on June 22)

GALLERIES: COLORADO'S WORST WILDFIRES

DENVER (CBS4)- A leaner U.S. Forest Service is preparing for another busy wildfire season.

The budget for the Forest Service was cut by five percent which means 500 fewer firefighters and 50 fewer engines.

The agency hopes to stay ahead of the game to prevent destructive wildfires like last year’s Lower North Fork Fire, the High Park Fire and the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado.

Those fires contributed to the destruction of 2,000 homes and businesses. A dozen people were killed in those fires across the U.S.

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