California Already Spent 98% of Funds to Fight Wildfires

By Chriss Street

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced Monday that the state spent 98 percent of its 2018 budget and is only halfway through the wildfire season.

California has spent $432 million of this year’s $443 million budget for the fire year that runs from May 15 through December 15. CalFire has asked for emergency money from reserves in 8 of the last 10 years, but Director Ken Pimlott’s request on Thursday for another $234 million is the earliest for any fire year, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Pimlott highlighted in a justification letter to the Legislature that 5,491 wildfires burning 1.2 million acres is just the beginning as “climate change-driven extreme weatherconditions continue to drive intense and large fires.”

The bulk of expense this year has gone to fight the Mendocino Complex Fire that started in July and was not fully contained until Saturday. The fire is now the largest in state history, having burned a record of 459,123 acres and 280 structures.

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