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FEMA Reimburses California $107 Million For Debris Removal

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

(AP) - California is on track to receive $107 million from the federal government to defray debris removal costs stemming from a pair of destructive wildfires last year that burned more than 200 square miles.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the news Wednesday.

The money reimburses the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, or CalRecycle, for removing debris from private property.

The Northern California wildfires began days apart in September, forcing thousands to flee their homes and killing six.

A fire in Lake County destroyed nearly 2,000 structures and ranks as the fifth-costliest wildfire in state and U.S. history, based on insured losses. The other fire burned mostly through Calaveras County.

State officials announced this week that the two fires caused about $1 billion in damage in insured losses.