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President Biden to visit Boise’s National Interagency Fire Center

The National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates the response to wildfires throughout the United States, is located in Boise. (Courtesy of the National Interagency Fire Center)

President Joe Biden will visit Boise on Monday to tour the National Interagency Fire Center.

It’s the first time he’ll be in the state since being elected to the nation’s highest office. He held a private fundraiser in Boise while he was campaigning in August 2019.

The center, which has nearly 600 employees, is the command hub to coordinate the nationwide response to wildfires throughout the United States. It also serves as a training facility where specialists develop interagency and state-of-the art training for use across the nation and around the world, according to its website.

After recently touring New York, New Jersey and Louisiana to survey devastation caused by Hurricane Ida, Biden will also tour wildfire damage in Sacramento on Monday. He has other stops in California and Colorado scheduled that day.

Right now, the center is coordinating responses to one new large wildfire and 79 ongoing blazes in the U.S., according to its website. More than 2.9 million acres have burned in wildfires across the nation this year.

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