Gov. Otter says wildfires cost more than just dollars

Gov. Otter says wildfires cost more than just dollars

Credit: Kari Greer / U.S. Forest Service

Flames illuminate the sky behind a motel in Featherville, Idaho.

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 6 at 2:21 PM

BOISE -- Gov. Butch Otter weighed-in today on the cost of this year's fire season.

Fire officials have said this has been one of the worst fire seasons they've seen since 2007.

But Otter says it's cost more than just money to fight, but also a loss of life, property, and public health.

To date, more than 1.7 million acres have burned in Idaho this fire season -- costing a whopping $189 million.

Among that, one firefighter lost her life in northern Idaho back in August, and dozens more have suffered injuries.

Firefighters have also worked hard to protect homes in the line of fire, but one house near Robie Creek Road was burned down last month.

Otter claims that the existing federal approach to managing these lands and the fires on them is unacceptable.

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