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A DC-10 jumbo jet drops fire retardant on a wildfire. An environmental group has sued over the use of retardants.

Several natural resource groups, farm groups and community organizations filed a motion last week to intervene in a lawsuit an environmental group filed against the U.S. Forest Service trying to stop the use of fire retardants.

Last fall, the Oregon-based Forest Employees for Environmental Ethics sued the forest Service, challenging the agency’s right to use aerial fire retardants near navigable waters.

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