Texas Forest Service releases dollar amount on wildfire damage
POSTED: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 9:43pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 9:17am
Since wildfire season started last November, East Texas firefighters have responded to more than 2,000 wildfires -- burning more than 200,000 acres of land and timber.
The total dollar amount on timber lost? $97 million.
The Texas Forest Service says on the whole, with major fires like the Bear Creek Fire, the Angelina River Bottom Fire and the Riley Road Fire all factored in to the mix, the total volume of timber lost in East Texas could have produced $1.6 billion worth of forest products like homes, furniture, and paper.
This ultimately results in a $3.4 billion loss to the East Texas economy.
The Forest Service also says it's not just a financial hit it's ecological too.
The fires may have hurt forests ability to do the things forests do -- like provide clean water -- and provide wildlife with a place to live.