MAUI, HAWAII - Recent reports indicate that multiple fires have been raging across different parts of Maui, with some areas experiencing evacuations due to the intensity of the blazes. The Lahaina brush fire, which officials attribute to the strong winds from Hurricane Dora, started around 6:37 a.m. and has since spread rapidly.
In the Kula area of Maui, at least two homes have been reported destroyed by a fire that has consumed about 1,100 acres. The situation on Maui is described as very dynamic, with six fires burning over 1,800 acres across the island and the Big Island as of Tuesday night.
Residents in the affected areas are urged to stay updated on the situation and follow evacuation orders if issued. Fire crews are working tirelessly to contain the blazes, but the strong winds are proving to be a significant challenge.
ARS Analytics Team collected some data and did some analysis on how mush is the federal cost each year and average cost for fire fighting due to natural causes.
Federal Firefighting Costs (Suppression Only)
The data provides the number of fires, acres affected, costs incurred by the Forest Service, costs incurred by the DOI Agencies, and the total costs for each year from 1985 to 2022.
For instance, in 2022, there were 68,988 fires affecting 7,577,183 acres. The Forest Service incurred costs of $2,900,000,000, the DOI Agencies incurred costs of $649,000,000, and the total costs amounted to $3,549,000,000.
The 5-year average costs are $2,336,084,200 for the Forest Service, $526,800,000 for the DOI Agencies, and a total of $2,862,884,200.
The 10-year average costs are $1,897,153,100 for the Forest Service, $461,450,700 for the DOI Agencies, and a total of $2,358,603,800.