Washington Wildfires Have Cost $50 Million So Far

 

   SEATTLE (AP) -- The cost of fighting this season's wildfires in Washington, including the largest one in the state's history, has crossed the $50 million mark.
   Bolstered by the nearly 400-square-mile wildfire in north-central Washington, this year's wildfire season has been widespread, with dozens of fires burning at the same time.
   So far, estimates put the cost of fire suppression at just over $50 million. Nearly half of that cost comes from the Carlton complex fire in north-central Washington with a tally of $23.3 million. The next-biggest cost is the Chiwaukum fire in central Washington.
   The Carlton fire continues to burn in rising temperatures, but no major flare-ups have been reported.
   Incident spokesman Alan Hoffmeister says a planned burnout near Winthrop was scrapped because the weather was not ideal

   SEATTLE (AP) -- The cost of fighting this season's wildfires in Washington, including the largest one in the state's history, has crossed the $50 million mark.   Bolstered by the nearly 400-square-mile wildfire in north-central Washington, this year's wildfire season has been widespread, with dozens of fires burning at the same time.   So far, estimates put the cost of fire suppression at just over $50 million. Nearly half of that cost comes from the Carlton complex fire in north-central Washington with a tally of $23.3 million. The next-biggest cost is the Chiwaukum fire in central Washington.   The Carlton fire continues to burn in rising temperatures, but no major flare-ups have been reported.   Incident spokesman Alan Hoffmeister says a planned burnout near Winthrop was scrapped because the weather was not ideal