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California asks U.S. for $7.4 billion for wildfire rebuilding

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Rich Pedroncelli/ AP In this Oct. 9, 2017, file image, flames from a wildfire burn in Napa, Calif..

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017|1:50 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO– California Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers asked the U.S. federal government Friday for $7.4 billion to assist reconstruct after a cluster of fires tore through the heart of wine nation, eliminating more than 40 individuals and leaving thousands without housing.

In a letter to the White Home, Brown joined California’s U.S. senators and 39 members of its congressional delegation to urge President Donald Trump and Congress to quickly embrace another disaster-related appropriations step to support the state’s healing.

Brown said the funding would approach clean-up and programs to support housing, transportation, farming, environmental management and other services for those impacted by the fires.

A series of blazes that began in Northern California the night of Oct. 8 killed a minimum of 43 individuals and destroyed about 8,900 homes and other structures. At the peak, thousands of firefighters battled 21 blazes that burned all at once.

Officials have not yet evaluated all the damage and impacts of the fires, but the guv’s workplace and the affected counties identified that $7.4 billion in federal funding is had to assist California recover, the letter states.

The wildfires considerably harmed farmland, rangeland and watersheds, and more than a 3rd of the financing requested, $3.1 billion, would approach assisting farming industries recuperate, consisting of impacted wineries, California officials said.

“The complete financial impact to the farming, tourist, hospitality, and wine markets is still not known,” the letter states. “9 California wineries were damaged and 21 were harmed in the nation’s most prominent wine making region.”

Congress last month authorized $576.5 million in aid for wildfires in California and the United States West.

Trump pledged aid for California fire victims on Oct. 10, stating he had actually informed Brown that “the federal government will stand with individuals of California.”

Brown said he has actually asked the California Department of Finance to expedite doling out $41.5 million to support the immediate requirements of victims not eligible for federal aid.

Throughout the wildfires last month, Brown declared a state of emergency situation for the Northern California counties of Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino and Nevada in addition to Orange County in the south.