US nears costliest wildfire season on record

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The 2015 wildfire season is not only setting records for acres burned, it’s also nearing the costliest on record. With $1.23 billion spent so far this year to fight the blazes, the U.S. Forest Service is approaching its all-time record for firefighting costs of $1.65 billion, set in fiscal year 2002 (adjusted for inflation). Just last week, the Forest Service spent a record $243 million battling forest fires around the country, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “If current conditions continue, we anticipate spending an average of $200 million per week on fire suppression,” he said. The fire season is projected to run into November, according to the Forest Service.

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