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Nevada Lawmakers Weigh Fire-Fighting Coordination, Liability

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Proposals about wildfire prevention, response and liability are advancing through the Nevada Legislature as firefighters prepare for fire season.

A committee in the Nevada Legislature considered three bills on Wednesday that proposed changing liability law and helping fire agencies coordinate responses.

The proposals would expand instances when local governments can sue arsonists to recoup damages and add provisions into state law about Nevada's existing Wildland Fire Protection Program.

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A record 16,000 square miles burned throughout the United States in 2020 and more frequent and intense wildfires are pushing lawmakers to reconsider state wildfire policies.