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4.11.03

The Costs Of Fire

So I'm back on the fire thing again. I mostly just wanted to have this info around for future reference:

Federal Agencies Take New Look At Controlling Wildfire Costs

The federal government spent $1.7 billion fighting wildfires that burned 7 million acres in 2002, an average cost of $243 per acre. That compares to $1.4 billion spent in 2000 on fires that burned 8.4 million acres, an average of $167 per acre.

In the past, Congress routinely reimbursed firefighting costs but, since last year the Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management have had to cover a major portion.

The White House Office of Management and Budget is also demanding more fiscal accountability.

One of the biggest factors driving up costs is the increasing number of homes in the woods, making firefighting more complex and expensive, said Watson.

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