No matter how you look at it, 2015 was a significant year for wildfire in the United States. “The Year in Wildfire,” the cover story in the new November/December issue of NFPA Journal, explores some of the biggest takeaways of this year's season, which will go down in the history books. The article includes charts, graphs and big photos to help you put the historic 2015 wildfire season in perspective.
The numbers are staggering. With still more than a month to go in the year, 2015 could wind up being the largest wildfire season on record in terms of acres burned at more than 9.4 million. In terms of dollars and cents, 2015 already ranks as the costliest wildfire season ever, with about $1.7 billion spent on suppression efforts. It was also among the most destructive, with the Valley and Butte fires in California ranking among the largest property loss wildfires in U.S. history.
“The Year in Wildfire” cover story, by staff writer Jesse Roman, takes an in-depth look behind some of those incredible numbers, as well as many other key issues from 2015 including: Alaska’s near record-breaking wildfire season; the plight of ranchers in the Pacific Northwest; the historic fire season in Washington state; as well as the financial struggles of the U.S. Forest Service, which for the first time ever in 2015 spent the majority of its budget this year on wildfire related issues.
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