Wildfires Expected To Cost State Millions

Posted at 3:29 PM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 16:29:12-05

Wildfires have continued to burn across the state, and are expected to cost millions of dollars.

On Monday, state forestry officials said they estimate the cost of fighting the blazes and paying out-of-state-crews at $5.5 million.

The Agriculture Department expected $900, in federal reimbursement, but the rest will fall on the state.

Governor Bill Haslam said the fires have effected the state on multiple layers.

"The first concern is for people's welfare, and protecting their houses. The second the long term economic damage to the state. Our farmers are going through a tough period already and the drought is making it worse," said Haslam.

Dozens of wildfires have burned an estimated 190 square miles across the Southeast.