The Creek fire, which started Sept. 4, is the largest single fire in California history, Newsom said in his letter. The fire has so far damaged more than 550 homes, threatening thousands more and forcing more than 24,000 people to evacuate.
According to Cal Fire, the state fire agency as of Thursday Creek Fire has burned more than 341,000 acres and is 58 percent contained.
Managing forest fires has become an ongoing task for firefighters, officials and residents. Since the beginning of the year, more than 8,500 forest fires have burned over 4.1 million acres in California, the agency said in its state fire survey Thursday. The total number of deaths across the state related to these fires is at least 31
While the state did not include a specific dollar amount in its request, Mr. Newsom that California, due to a recession caused by the pandemic, went from an expected budget surplus of $ 5.6 billion. To an expected deficit of $ 54.3 billion. “California’s economy is suffering in a way we have not seen since the Great Recession of 2009,” he said.
In the letter, Mr. Newsom that President Trump had issued a number of major disaster declarations to the state in recent years, including a statement about fires in Northern California that are still burning. These statements help the state access federal resources and assistance.
California has been hit in the face by climate change, a scientist said.
And the cost of it all is significant.
“We set records year after year,” Tom Corringham, a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, told The New York Times last month. “It’s a little early to say what the total impact will be, but it would not surprise me if the damage is over $ 20 billion this year.”