The cost of wildfire suppression in Idaho is well into the millions of dollars each year, but one group is hoping to help that number go down by looking ahead.
Friday, a group of planning and zoning officials met to discuss the role they can play in wildfire suppression.
While fire crews do a great job of keeping communities safe once wildfires start, the group wants to focus on what can be done before a fire starts to mitigate the damages.
"Planners control the development into the future. If we can get them to think about and help us plan for communities that will be more attune to the risk of fire we can reduce those fire costs and also keep our communities safer," said Stephen Miller of the University of Idaho.
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