USA Today reports that the United State’s 2013 wildfire season has been marked by stunning contrasts: It was not only the deadliest year for firefighters in 20 years – due to the tragic Yarnell fire in Arizona that killed 19 – but Colorado also endured its most destructive wildfire in state history. The year was also marked by a massive smoky fire right at the entrance to iconic Yosemite National Park. Yet, at the same time, the number of wildfires across the country was at a 30-year low, and the number of acres burned was also well below average. Additionally, from an economic loss perspective, the year has also been well below average. Total economic damages in 2013 were approximately $700 million, or 46% below the 10-year average of $1.3 billion.
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