2013 most costly year ever for wildfires
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.