- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon’s tough wildfire season has pushed spending to the point the state Department of Forest is tapping its special insurance policy for the second year in a row.

The Bulletin (https://bit.ly/1uiHiCi ) reports that state wildfire costs exceeded the $20 million deductible last July, and spending is now two-thirds of the way through the $25 million Lloyd’s of London insurance policy.

Department spokesman Rod Nichols says the premium this year doubled to $2 million.

Wildfires have already burned three times the 10-year average in Oregon, and the department expects the upward trend to continue as the changing climate brings more drought, longer burning seasons and higher temperatures.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com


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