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What It Costs

What It Costs

Wildfire-related costs -- including preparedness, suppression, and emergency rehabilitation -- currently account for 40-60% of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) annual fire budget. Hazardous fuels reduction, in both the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and in non-WUI areas, accounts for most of the rest of the budget.

Using prescribed fire, the Service's primary fire management tool, is typically less than ten percent of the cost of mechanical means and provides the dual benefit of reducing fuels and providing natural ecosystem restoration and maintenance.
Treating neglected lands to reduce wildfire risk is much more expensive than maintaining restored lands. Over time, regular maintenance significantly reduces the escalating and shared costs of wildfire suppression, as well as the costs and risk factors associated with more complex fuels treatments.
Long-term maintenance of public lands in the most desirable ecological condition is the cheapest and most effective means to reduce risk of damage from wildfire.

Last Updated: 08/04/2009