2021 Western wildfires: the economic toll
Millions of acres were charred this year as wildfires tore through the West, setting hundreds of structures ablaze and forcing evacuations.
The economic toll? Billions of dollars in losses, and billions more needed for predicting and preventing the blazes, experts say.
The fires come amidst a historic drought that has killed crops and wildlife and led officials to regulate and limit water supplies.
The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) reported Friday that two new large fires were reported and six had been contained.
There are currently 54 active, large fires – largely in Idaho and California – and 5,915,279 acres have been…