Oregon Wildfire Costs Hit Record High in 2018

The Statesman-Journal newspaper, published in Salem, surveyed the high cost of wildfire suppression, highlighting that 2018 has been the most expensive season ever. The cost of fighting wildfires in Oregon reached an all-time high $514.6 million in 2018, according to data from Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. Fueled by wildfires that started early and threatened communities all summer, Oregon’s costs skyrocketed past last year’s record-setting total of $447 million.