Record-breaking fire season singes Utah's budget

Record-breaking fire season singes Utah's budget

February 5, 2019
KSL

When the bill comes due for a spending spree unlike what's been done before, it's a financial sucker punch. 

That is how the 2018 wildfire season is treating Utah lawmakers, who are being asked to come up nearly $20 million more in spending to cover costs for the worst wildfire season the state has witnessed. 

"It was record-breaking in all sorts of bad ways," Utah State Forester Brian Cottam told members of the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday.

"Nothing has ever come close to this before."

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