Firefighters watch for flare ups as they prevent the flames from the Holy Fire from crossing the Ortega Highway in Lake Elsinore, Calif., on Aug. 10, 2018.

WASHINGTON — Heading into the hottest and driest months of the wildfire season, the Department of the Interior is short hundreds of firefighters, a result of recruitment problems and the longest federal government shutdown in history.

Based on interviews and internal agency memos obtained through a public records request, the Los Angeles Times found that the agency had at least 241 fewer seasonal firefighters available than expected.

Los Angeles Times

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