Overtime Pay

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About two-dozen veteran firefighters who spent months battling wildfires across the West this summer have been ordered to return thousands of dollars in overtime pay.

The firefighters work for the National Park Service, Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

They were told they worked too much overtime and exceeded salary limits. Federal law restricts pay for firefighters to $121,600 a year.

Officials say they are trying to find a way to allow the firefighters to keep their overtime by receiving reimbursements in some other form.