While news headlines were quick to capture the “cost” of firefighting, suppression represents
only a fraction of the true cost of wildfire. There are huge impacts to air quality and health,
school athletics, travel and tourism, employment and the economy, transportation, and iconic
Oregon economic sectors such as the state’s wine and timber industries. No single state agency is charged with documenting these costs, so the Oregon Forest Resources Institute set out to gather what information is currently available, from media reports, individual interviews and hard-nosed research.