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Jefferson Public Radio: Study Says Poor Planning Contributes To Wildfire Costs

Jefferson Public Radio | Aug. 1, 2014 3:12 p.m.

Wildfires in the West are getting bigger, hotter – and more costly. A new report from a national science advocacy group says climate change is one major reason wildfires are getting worse.

And short-sighted development policies are a big reason they’re costing more.

In recent years, the number of homes and businesses built in wildfire-prone areas has skyrocketed. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, across 13 Western states there are more than 1.2 million homes — with a combined value of about $190 billion — that are at high or very high risk of wildfires.

More than seven percent of the homes in Oregon are in those areas.

Read more at Jefferson Public Radio.

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