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Oregon Wildfire Fighting Costs Hit $340 Million


Fighting Oregon wildland fires this year has cost state, federal, local, tribal and private entities more than $340 million and consumed 678,000 acres, according to state authorities.

Photo: Paris Achen/The Hillsboro Tribune

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As wildfires grow in size and intensity, the funds to fight them are taken from an unlikely source: prevention. Lawmakers across the West have been trying to change this practice known as fire borrowing for years.