The Creek fire, which began on September 4, is the largest fire in California history, Mr News said in a letter. To date, the fire has damaged more than 550 homes, threatened thousands more and forced the evacuation of more than 24,000 people.
According to Cal Fire, the state’s fire department, as of Thursday, Creek Fire burned more than 341,000 acres and contained 58 percent.
Fire management has become a constant task of firefighters, officials and residents. More than 8,500 forest fires have burned more than 4.1 million acres in California since the beginning of the year, the agency said in a statement on Thursday. The total number of deaths in the state related to these fires is at least 31, he said.
Although the state did not include a specific dollar amount in its request, Mr. News wrote that as a result of the recession caused by the pandemic, California moved from a projected budget surplus of $ 5.6 billion to a projected deficit of $ 54.3 billion. “California’s economy suffers so as we have not seen since the Great Recession of 2009, “he said.
In the letter, Mr. News acknowledged that President Trump had issued a number of major disaster declarations in recent years, including a declaration of wildfires in northern California. These declarations help the state gain access to federal resources and aid.
According to one scientist, California has been hit by climate change.
And the cost of all this is considerable.
“We set records year after year,” said Tom Corringham, a researcher at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, last month. “It’s too early to say what the overall impact will be, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the losses are more than $ 20 billion this year.”