California Wildfires Strain Federal Budget


By KMVT News

Northern California (CNN) - Federal agencies are scrambling for money to fight the devastating fires in Northern California and elsewhere.

Last week, the U.S. Forest Service said it exhausted its funds -- close to one billion dollars -- budgeted to fight fires, and it needed to pull another 600 million from other programs, including some aimed at fire prevention.

Since last week, the Forest Service has been spending about 100 million per week to fight fires at preparedness level 5, its highest state of alert, which it reached a week ago.

One of those fires, the dangerous Rim Fire, is threatening Yosemite National Park and San Francisco's key water and power sources.

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