Cleanup from 2 California fires estimated at $243 million

Dec 18, 2015 2:31 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is estimating it will cost at least $243 million to clean up and remove debris left in the wake of two major wildfires this fall.

The Department of Finance said Friday that it is shifting another $83 million from the state's rainy day fund to help pay for the cleanup. Officials anticipate spending another $105 million in January.

Both fire sites were declared a federal disaster, so state officials expect a large portion of the cleanup costs could be reimbursed by the federal government.

Director of Finance Michael Cohen said in a letter to lawmakers Friday that the cleanup from the blazes in Calaveras and Lake counties is unprecedented in its magnitude and complexity.

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