Wildfire expenses hit new record, over state’s budget
The Washington Department of Natural Resources is requesting an additional $24 million in prevention and preparation funding, after seeing several years of firefighting expenses hit millions of dollars over budget. In 2015, DNR spent $137.2 million more than the Legislature budgeted. In 2014, DNR spent about $70 million over budget. DNR told KIRO 7 that they have been over budget five out of the last six years.