Advancing development drives up cost of battling wildfires

Statesman Journal: Increasing development in wilderness areas, especially in the West, is one reason why the federal government is shelling out more money to battle wildfires, experts say. Suburbia's decades-long encroachment into forests and woods is sparking fresh concern because the blazes are getting bigger, deadlier and costlier to combat due to hot and dry conditions scientists attribute to climate change. Uncle Sam is spending more to hire additional firefighters and deploy more helicopters, fire trucks,......

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