FLAGSTAFF, AZ — Fighting a wildfire that burned a northern Arizona mountain pass and dealing with its aftermath is expected to cost more than $12 million.
The Arizona Daily Sun reported Thursday that the U.S. Forest Service estimates it has spent about $9 million on efforts to stop the blaze in the Coconino National Forest in Flagstaff.
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The fire sparked on July 21 and was declared fully contained on Aug. 15. The cause is not yet known.
Coconino County is expecting to spend about $1.4 million and the Burn Area Emergency Response team expects a $2 million bill.
County Public Works Director Lucinda Andreani says the county's cost has been for flood mitigation, including obtaining and installing sandbags and barriers in the area.
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