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Reading Comprehension Worksheet

Environment

Large fires are now blazing across seven western states, the National Interagency Fire Center reports from its Boise, Idaho headquarters. Firefighters contained four large fires Tuesday, while three new ones were reported.

All western states are reporting very high to extreme fire conditions, which could increase due to a warming trend over the next several days. More than 100 new smaller fires were reported Wednesday, most of which were contained by initial attack efforts.

In this mid-summer national wildlands fire report, the federal agency responsible for firefighting says 1,547,312 acres have been burned so far this year. The area burned is below the 10 year average, and half the area burned at this time last year, a severe fire season.

The fire situation could get much worse, warns Barry Hill, director of the Natural Resources and Environment division of the General Accounting Office. Testifying before the House Forest and Forest Health Subcommittee Tuesday, Hill said there are problems with the Forest Service and Interior Department's implementation of the National Fire Plan.

1. Where is the headquarters for the National Fire Center located?

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2. What makes land more likely to catch fire?

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3. What season of the year is most likely fire season throughout the country?

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4. Are the conditions getting better or worse as time goes on? Explain.

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