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Brown warns ‘new normal’ of California fires could bring fiscal stress

“Things will get much tighter in the next five years as the business cycle turns negative and as the fires continue. Maybe the fires will pause for a year or two, but over a decade or so we will have more fire, more destructive fire, more billions will have to be spent on it.”

Still, even when the state’s fiscal situation gets “tough,” Brown said “there’s always available borrowings” the state can tap to get funds.

More than 13,000 firefighters currently are on the lines battling the large wildfires across California, state officials said Wednesday. They also said California has reached out to other states as far away as Maine and to other countries for fire assistance.

“There’s a tremendous effort fighting these fires,” Brown told reporters. He also called the fire situation “the new normal that we have to face.”

The Democratic governor, a critic of President Donald Trump, was asked if he’s had contact with anyone in the administration about the fire situation. Brown said he was in contact this past week with Homeland Security Secretary ‎Kirstjen Nielsen to discuss the wildfires. “It’s always pleasant when I talk to her,” Brown said. “She’s a very congenial interlocutor.”

As for the Carr fire, crews have been making progress on the blaze about 220 miles north of San Francisco. The fire in Shasta and Trinity counties has already charred more than 115,000 acres and was 35 percent contained on Wednesday morning.

Other large wildfires in Northern California include the Ranch and River blazes in Mendocino and Lake counties. Together, the two Mendocino region fires have burned nearly 91,000 acres.

There’s also the Ferguson fire now in its 20th day burning near the Yosemite National Park as well as the arson-caused Cranston fire in Southern California. It was listed as 89 percent contained on Wednesday.

Source : CNBC

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