Early estimates for wildfire costs in millions

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Early estimates for the cost of three of Utah’s biggest wildfires are in the millions, according to the Utah Division of Forestry.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Early estimates for the cost of three of Utah’s biggest wildfires are in the millions, according to the Utah Division of Forestry.

Ballpark estimates put the Rockport 5 Fire at $1.5 million, the Patch Springs Fire at $2.1 million and the State Fire at $3.9 million.

Curry said it is too soon to put a final price tag on all of Utah’s fires, as there is still one month left in the fire season.

“We're on track to still be better off than we were last year, but again it is a little bit too early to be sure and we're going to hope that Mother Nature cooperates and gives us a bargain here financially,” Curry said.

The national preparedness level is now at the highest level, five, thanks to the intense fire activity in Utah, Idaho, Montana, California and Oregon.

Jason Curry with the Utah Division of Forestry said conditions across the West are severe.

“Nationally we've not been at a preparedness level 5 since 2008,” Curry said. “That just goes to show you nationally how serious the fire season is this year.”

Utah’s resources are spread thin, especially in local departments because there are so many fires to fight. The state has called in outside help.

“Right now in the State of Utah I can tell you we have crews, fire hand crews, from 15 different states,” Curry added.

Senator Mike Lee, (R) Utah, said he has introduced legislation in the Senate for wildfire prevention that would use best practices to reduce the number of fuels in state forests.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to those who are suffering through the consequences of these fires,” Lee said. “I’m always looking for ways to help prevent these fires in the first place and deal with them once they arise.”

If you or someone you know has been personally affected by the wildfires, the Utah State Insurance Commission said they available to assist and offer suggestions for dealing with property loss.

Click here for more information from Insurance Commission offering tips for fire claims.
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