Wildfire Suppression Budget Continues to Escalate; Solution is needed

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Federal fire suppression costs have increased significantly in recent years, exceeding $1 billion in five of the last seven years. As suppression activities continue to increase, so does the suppression budget since it is based on a 10-year rolling average. Because the agencies’ budgets are essentially flat year to year, to off-set these increases funding for critical programs has been significantly reduced and more and more of the land management agencies’ budgets are being used for wildland fire management.

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