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Utah’s Wildfire Costs Soar With More Human-Caused Fires

Utah’s wildfire season has broken records for the number of human-caused fires and the costs to taxpayers. 

KSTU reports that during a presentation of the Utah State Legislature’s powerful Executive Appropriations Committee, the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands said it has battled more than 1,300 fires of varying sizes across the state since April. That is a 50% increase over last year. The Utah State Forester says it averages to a new fire every single day since April 18. More than three-quarters of those fires are human-caused, setting a new state record.