Record Wildfire Year Scorches Nearly 7 Million Acres, Costing States Millions

Fueled by an unprecedented hot and dry year, one of the most damaging wildfire season on record has already burned almost 7 million acres across the U.S, including nearly 1.4 million acres still burning. Beyond that, this season’s wildfires have taken a toll on thousands of residents who have had to evacuate homes. Meanwhile, hundreds of homes have been lost, and in several western states, the fires have hurt tourism industries that generate more than $35 billion. The price tag of fighting record fires has also been high for states that are already facing crunched budgets: Utah has spent $50 million, while California is at $17 million and counting.