Sep 21, 2015

Northwest wildfires break records for cost, size this summer

California
Idaho
Washington
Oregon
USA
by
KGW
Residents pack up cookies they made for firefighters.   (Photo: Fire incident management team on Facebook)
Residents pack up cookies they made for firefighters. (Photo: Fire incident management team on Facebook)

The U.S. Forest Service spent around $200 million a week battling wildfires across the country during the summer of 2015, breaking all-time records, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Oregon and Washington were among the hardest hit states, with hundreds of thousands of acres scorched.