State exhausts initial firefighting budget

Sep 29, 2014 6:59 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California has exhausted its initial firefighting budget just three months into its fiscal year, forcing Gov. Jerry Brown's administration to shift $70 million from a reserve fund as the state enters what is traditionally the worst of its fire season.

The Department of Finance notified legislative budget writers Monday that the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has spent the $209 million budgeted this fiscal year for emergency wildfire suppression.

The administration is transferring additional money from its $449 million special fund for economic uncertainties.

Keely Bosler, the finance department's chief deputy director, says the move is necessary as California battles "one of its worst fire seasons in recent memory."

CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant says the first of Southern California's dry Santa Ana winds are expected later this week.

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