The California agency that fights wildfires says it’s about to exceed its budget and needs $234 million more.
Cal Fire director Ken Pimlott says in a letter to lawmakers Thursday that the agency spent $432 million through the end of August and had only about $11 million left.
Fire season generally picks up in fall, when winds and high temperatures can combine with dried-our forest and grasslands to create dangerous conditions.
Pimlott says Cal Fire would use some of the money to add firefighters and helicopters.
The Legislature budgets for firefighting based on the historical average costs. Cal Fire has requested extra money in seven of the past 10 years, but never this early.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGTV and AP) — Ahead of a fire season that usually picks up in the fall, Cal Fire says it’s almost out of money.
The agency’s director Ken Pimlott said in a letter to lawmakers that the agency spent $432 million through the end of August, leaving only about $11 million left for the rest of the year.
Cal Fire says it needs roughly $234 million more. The agency plans to use the additional funds to add firefighters and helicopters.
Fire season generally picks up in the fall, when high temperatures ad winds combine with dry forest and grasslands, creating dangerous conditions.
Cal Fire has requested extra money in seven of the last 10 years, but this is the first time the agency has asked for additional funds this early.
The legislature budgets for firefighting based on historical average costs.
These are the documents the JCFPD Board sent to LAFCO to enter the process.
LAFCO submission from JCFPD
The safety of our residents & visitors in the backcountry is paramount. We’re proud to support our Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District & we thank them for always ensuring the safety of our community. We couldn’t be in better hands than those of our neighbors, friends & colleagues. Thank you to all of the dedicated volunteers that support Julian & San Diego’s backcountry. #backcountrystrong #goodwins #JCFPD