The Creek Fire, which began September 4, is the largest fire in California history, Newsom said in his letter. The fire has so far damaged more than 550 homes, threatened thousands more and forced more than 24,000 people to evacuate.
According to Cal Fire, the state fire department, the Creek Fire burned more than 341,000 acres on Thursday and is 58 percent contained.
Dealing with forest fires has become a constant task for firefighters, officials and local 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 statewide fire summary on Thursday. The total number of deaths related to these fires nationwide is at least 31
While the state did not include a specific dollar amount in its query, Newsom wrote that California has moved from a projected budget surplus of $ 5.6 billion to a projected deficit of $ 54.3 billion due to a pandemic-triggered recession. “California’s economy is suffering in ways we haven’t seen since the Great Recession in 2009,” he said.
In the letter, Mr. Newsom admitted that President Trump had made a number of disaster statements for the state over the past few years, including a statement regarding fires in Northern California that are still burning. These declarations help the state gain access to federal funding and assistance.
California has been hit in the face by climate change, one scientist said.
And the cost of doing this is considerable.
“We keep breaking records year after year,” Tom Corringham, researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, told the New York Times last month. “It’s a little early to say what the overall impact will be, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the damage is over $ 20 billion this year.”