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Most costly Oregon forest fire season ever

 Posted: 7:20 AM November 21, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry says the last fire season was the most costly in history.

Spokesman Dan Postrel says the department spent $122 million fighting fires that scorched more than 100,000 acres — more than 156 square miles — the most in 60 years.

The Oregonian reports state forester Doug Decker reports Thursday to the Ways and Means Natural Resources Subcommittee. He'll ask for $2 million in special funds, $40 million from the general fund, and authorization to obtain $134 million in federal reimbursement money.

The agency battled 1,140 fires. The 10-year average is 920.


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