Fighting Cameron Peak Fire Will Cost Estimated $130 million
Firefighters from around the country have been working to extinguish the Cameron Peak Fire for more than 100 days.
As full containment is within sight, the final bill for fighting the largest fire in Colorado history is an estimated $130 million, according to a new report from the Loveland Reporter-Herald.
The U.S. Forest Service will be responsible for the majority, since that's where most of the burning occurred. Larimer County is expecting to foot about $5.8 million of the bill. The State of Colorado will also chip in a portion.
These costs are just for fighting the fire, they don't include recovery costs or the full amount of property and structural losses. The Cameron Peak Fire has destroyed 425 structures and impacted about 140 miles of trails.
The Cameron Peak Fire sparked on August 13 near Chambers Lake west of Fort Collins. Officials believe the ignition was human-caused because of a lack of lighting activity in the area.
In comparison, the 2012 High Park Fires that burned for three weeks cost about $38 million.
Source: Loveland Reporter Herald