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State Explains $3B Decrease In Fire Aid Request

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

Flames fed by a gas line, burns in the debris of a fire ravaged home, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Napa, Calif.

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

(AP) - A state official says the $3 billion decrease in California's request for federal wildfire aid represents a more accurate picture of what damage federal programs will actually cover.

Office of Emergency Services Deputy Director Kelly Huston says it's routine to modify requests for federal money following disasters.

Huston's office requested $4.4 billion in a Thursday letter to Congress. All 53 California U.S. House members backed that up in their own letter Friday.

The state originally asked for $3.1 billion from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but now wants just $150 million. Huston says the initial estimate included future economic and other losses that aren't eligible for federal programs. He says federal aid is just one piece of California's recovery efforts.

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