Wildfire spending tops $1 billion this year

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The National Inter-agency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho increased the national wildfire preparedness level Tuesday to the highest level for the first time in five years.

A total of 48 uncontained, active, and large wildfires dot the U.S. map from Arizona to Washington and Alaska.

Nearly 18,000 people, including firefighters and other personnel, have been called on to put out wildfires.

Even though federal agencies have spent more than $1 billion so far this year, that's still about half of last year's total of around $2 billion.

So far this year, there have been 33,000 fires that have burned 3.4 million acres. Experts say the fires have been particularly intense in California, Idaho, and here in Colorado this year.

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