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2013 most costly year ever for wildfires

State forestry managers in Oregon are going to the legislature seeking money in the wake of the most expensive wildfire season on record.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Forestry says the last fire season was the most costly in history.

Spokesman Dan Postrel says the department spent $122 million fighting fires that scorched more than 100,000 acres — more than 156 square miles — the most in 60 years.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/gSfm3E ) state forester Doug Decker reports Thursday to the Ways and Means Natural Resources Subcommittee. He’ll ask for $2 million in special funds, $40 million from the general fund, and authorization to obtain $134 million in federal reimbursement money.

The agency battled 1,140 fires. The 10-year average is 920.



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