Texplainer: What Does It Cost to Fight Texas Wildfires?

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Hey, Texplainer: How much is it costing to fight the Texas wildfires, and who's going to pay?

So far, the estimated cost for fighting the wildfires is $49.2 million for this fiscal year, according to Robby DeWitt, a finance official with the Texas Forest Service, the state's lead wildfire response agency. In recent weeks, as the fires have gotten worse, costs have mounted at a rate of over $1 million per day.

Those costs will be shared among the state, local and federal governments, with the state likely to pay the bulk of the cost. In February ...

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