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  • California struggles with wildfire budget

California struggles with wildfire budget

According to the Los Angeles Times, the state of California has had to turn to its emergency reserve funds to try and account for the damage from recent wildfires. Referencing information from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the source said that more than 92,000 acres have been consumed by nearly 5,000 fires.

California has had to draw millions of dollars from its emergency funds, in addition to the $209 million it has already spent fighting fires. The state's governor, Jerry Brown, has said that the money comes from a total pool of $449 million set aside for extreme cases.

The Associated Press and CBS spoke to Daniel Berlant of CalFire, who said that the blazes the state have seen so far could be just the beginning. It has already surpassed the average number of fires that it sees during this period of the year.

"It's already been a very active and very busy fire season," he said. "The Santa Ana and fall season just elevates that risk even more Historically, the fall months are when we experience our largest, most damaging wildfires."

Even though the state is expecting for the expenses to be reimbursed by the government, the accumulated costs of the fires have mounted over the past few months. The L.A. Times also reports that billions of dollars have been spent over the past nine years solely for California wildfires.

When lots of wildfires happen to any state, they represent a mounting financial concern, and this is compounded when there isn't sufficient claims staff to handle damage submissions. Claims outsourcing solves this problem by assigning the correct amount of staff.

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