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Museum Fire update: Officials expect dealing with Arizona wildfire to cost $12M

Posted: 7:21 AM, Aug 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-22 10:21:42-04
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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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