California Facing Costly Cleanup After Devastating Wildfire Season

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The Valley Fire caused tremendous destruction in Middletown in September 2015. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

California is reaching deeper into its pocket to cover the costs of this year’s devastating wildfires.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s Department of Finance said Friday that it would pull $83 million more from a reserve fund to pay for debris removal. The Valley and Butte fires, which tore through Northern California in September, burned more than 14,000 acres and destroyed hundreds of homes.

The withdrawal announced on Friday comes after $55 million in unanticipated costs from earlier this year.

Administration officials expect more money will be needed, saying “the magnitude and complexity of these cleanup activities is unprecedented.”

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