Cost of Calif. wildfires expected to hit $10B


 

FILE – In this Sept. 27, 2020 file photo the Glass Fire burns a hillside above Silverado Trail in St. Helena, Calif. Dry, windy weather posed an extreme wildfire risk Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Northern California, where massive blazes already have cost hundreds of homes and killed or injured dozens of people. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

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Since fire season began in California, the state has seen more than 8,400 wildfires. The blazes have devastated communities throughout the Golden State.

There are currently at least 14 major wildfires still ravaging the state’s countryside with nearly 13,000 firefighters working to combat the violent flames.

So far this year, fires have destroyed more than 4 million acres, which is more than double the previous record.

Officials report fires have tragically taken the lives of dozens of people and caused the destruction of thousands of structures, including homes and businesses.

Experts have said this years fire season could cost the state more than $10 billion, which is roughly equivalent to the cost of wildfires in three of the last four years.

Researchers also suggest there are hidden costs to California’s yearly wildfires such as decreased property values, health care bills the cost of disrupting business and lost tax revenue.

FILE – In this Sept. 27, 2020, file photo, a house burns on Platina Road at the Zogg Fire near Ono, Calif. California’s largest utility company said its equipment might have caused a fatal wildfire last month in a county in the northern part of the state, the Mercury News reported Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Ethan Swope, File)

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