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Up in smoke: federal wildfire suppression costs are rising

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The cost of fighting wildfires is rising for the Forest Service and Interior Department.

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Up in smoke: federal wildfire suppression costs are rising

  1. 1. Federal wildfire suppression costs 10/4/2013
  2. 2. Federal spending to fight wildfires is increasing 1/2/2013 2Source: National Interagency Fire Center
  3. 3. Federal spending to fight wildfires (in 2012 dollars) 1/2/2013 3 $0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 Millions Department of Interior U.S. Forest Service Source: National Interagency Fire Center
  4. 4. Federal spending per fire and acre (in 2012 dollars) 1/2/2013 4 $- $200 $400 $600 $800 $1,000 $1,200 $- $20,000 $40,000 $60,000 $80,000 $100,000 $120,000 $140,000 $160,000 $ per federal fire $ per federal acre Source: National Interagency Fire Center
  5. 5. Forest Service budget: wildfires biggest item 10/4/2013 5 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Billions(Dollars) Supplemental/Emergency/Reserve Other Appropriations Land Acquisition: LWCF State and Private Forestry Forest and Rangeland Research Capital Improvement and Maintenance Mandatory Appropriations National Forest System Wildland Fire Management Source: U.S. Forest Service
  6. 6. ecowest.org Download more slides and other resources 10/4/2013 6

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