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Economic impacts of wildfire not all negative

Wildfires produce mixed results for the economies of local communities. They impact the working lives of many and lead to long term instability of the labour market.

However the initial economic effects are at least partially offset by the injection of money into containing and recovering from the fire.

Researchers studied the economic impacts of a series of wildfires in California in 2008, along with statistics that compare labour market trends between 2004 and 2008.

Employment and wages in the county were found to increase during large fires. This partially cancelled out damage to tourism and natural resources.

Read more at University of Oregon

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