Wild­fire costs hit record $2.3 bil­lion; sea­son isn’t over

The Washington Times Daily - - AMERICAN SCENE -

DEN­VER | The U.S. gov­ern­ment says it has al­ready spent a record $2.3 bil­lion fight­ing wild­fires this year, and 64 ma­jor fires are still burning in 10 states.

The For­est Ser­vice, the na­tion’s pri­mary fire­fight­ing agency, said Thurs­day it has spent more than $2 bil­lion, and the In­te­rior Depart­ment says it has spent $345 mil­lion.

The pre­vi­ous record for com­bined fed­eral fire­fight­ing costs was $2.1 bil­lion in 2015.

So far this year, U.S. fires have black­ened more than 13,000 square miles. That’s the fourth-high­est in a decade, and big fires could burn for sev­eral more weeks.

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