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The Cost Of Fire Prevention

As California faces another wildfire season with record-setting acreage being burned in the Mendocino blaze, Arizona’s season has been relatively tame so far, with an estimated 125,000 acres burned — compared to nearly 450,000 acres at this same stage in 2017.

But the costs of suppressing those fires has grown, especially when measured against the 1970s. That’s what NAU Assistant Professor of Practice Ryan Fitch and his colleagues looked into for a recent study published in the journal Forest Policy and Economics.

He joined The Show to discuss some specifics.

Steve Goldstein was a host at KJZZ from 1997 to 2022.