Cost of Washington wildfires so far: $50 million

Cost of Washington wildfires so far: $50 million

Photo: Associated Press

KGMI News Reporting complied with AP News

SEATTLE, Wash. – Wildfire season has only just begun and the cost of fighting this season’s wildfires, including the largest one in the state’s history, has crossed the $50 million mark.

Bolstered by the nearly 400-square-mile wildfire in north-central Washington, this year’s wildfire season has been widespread, with dozens of fires burning at the same time.

So far, estimates put the cost of fire suppression at just over $50 million.

Nearly half of that cost comes from the Carlton complex fire in north-central Washington with a tally of $23.3 million.

The next-biggest cost is the Chiwaukum fire in central Washington.

The Carlton fire continues to burn in rising temperatures, but no major flare-ups have been reported.

Governor Jay Inslee is bracing for a significant drain on the state treasury.

Inslee says it’s too early say how much the firefighting effort will cost.

He says he’ll bring all available resources to fight the fires and worry about the price tag later.


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