Rising cost of fighting wildfires is overwhelming the state’s firefighting budget

By David Downey

Slammed by the Wine Country infernos of October and this week’s devastating Southern California firestorm, the state’s firefighting agency has blown through its budget for battling major brush fires just six months into the fiscal year.

As of Wednesday, Dec. 6, CalFire had incurred expenses totaling $490.3 million, well more than the $426.9 million budgeted for fiscal 2017-18 to put out large wildfires, said Scott McLean, a spokesman for CalFire in Sacramento.

And McLean said the bills have yet to come in for the giant blazes raging across Southern California.

H.D. Palmer, a spokesman for the state Department of Finance, said that doesn’t [READ MORE HERE]

Source: OC Register

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