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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 9:37 pm | Updated: 11:13 pm, Thu Aug 22, 2013.

WASHINGTON — For the second straight year, the federal government has run through its budget for fighting wildfires amid a grueling, deadly season and will be forced to move $600 million from other funds, some of which help prevent fires.

This year’s depletion of the budget, expected Friday, reflects the new normal in firefighting, where parched seasons last at least two months longer than in previous decades, and wildfires burn bigger and hotter, according to the U.S. Forest Service and conservationists who track fires.

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