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Forest Fires Cost Indonesia $5.2 Billion in Economic Losses

A deadly spell of forest fires in Indonesia’s main palm oil producing regions earlier this year may have cost the country $5.2 billion in economic losses, according to the World Bank. The fires, the worst since 2015, torched about 620,201 …

Struggle to Recoup Costs Related to Fighting Utah Wildfires

Many of the state’s wildfires over the last two years have been sparked by people, but recouping firefighting costs that can run into the millions of dollars isn’t easy, according to Utah fire officials. The U.S. Forest Service has only …

California Wants Feds to Pay $18M Fire Debt

California’s emergency services director has fired off a sharply worded letter to the U.S. Forest Service that said the agency had stiffed local governments $18 million for fighting wildfires on federal lands last year and raised the prospect the state …

New Jersey Eyes Controlled Burns to Fight Forest Fires

New Jersey is on the verge of approving more controlled burns of underbrush on forest floors. The goal is to prevent major forest fires and help ecosystems that depend on fire as part of the natural cycle. Lawmakers passed a …

Chile Battles Huge Forest Fires

Residents of Chile’s capital are suffering from the worst levels of air pollution in 15 years because of fast-spreading forest fires near Santiago. Agriculture Minister Minister Luis Mayol says there are 47 forest fires still raging in the country. He …

California Fires Foil Oregon Ecosystem Study

Forest fires burning in Northern California have hampered the efforts of environmental scientists from Oregon who are studying an ecosystem. The Mail Tribune reports scientists with the Klamath Network were forced to leave Lassen Volcanic National Park when fire burned …