California spent more than $600M fighting wildfires since June

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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California has spent more than $600 million fighting wildfires since June, which marks the start of the budget year.

California has spent more than $600 million fighting wildfires since June, which marks the start of the budget year.

That puts Cal Fire significantly over its initial $443 million emergency fire budget.

The state's firefighting costs soared from $242 million in the 2013 fiscal year to an estimated $773 million in the fiscal year that ended on June 30.

Cal Fire has requested additional funds seven out of the last ten years.

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President Donald Trump visits a neighborhood impacted by the Woolsey Fire, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Malibu, Calif. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)
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