March 9, 2013
This Aug. 11, 2012, photo provided by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management shows the Holloway Fire outside Denio, Nev., which burned more than 525 square miles of rangeland straddling the Oregon-Nevada border. Federal statistics show that efforts to douse the largest of the nation’s wildfires last year cost more than $580 million, and some fires burned for more than three months. A summary by the National Interagency Fire Center also shows more than 80 percent of the 51 largest fires were sparked by lightning. That includes the Long Draw and Holloway fires, which together burned more than 1 million acres and were among the largest in Oregon’s history.
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The move will bring the agency more in line with the National Parks Service policy.