Cal Fire has already spent $64 million …which is close to what it spent all of last year and well on its way to going over its $93 million.
H.D. Palmer with the Department of Finance says if that happens -and he expects it will- the state will make emergency appropriations and pay for the extra costs out of the state's reserve, "We try to budget our fire suppression budget on a three-year average, so what's it been like for the last three years. Some years, it's going to be light. Two years ago, we spent about $70 million on it. Five years ago, we spent $370 million. So, it's going to vary from year to year. "