State explains $3B decrease in California wildfire aid request
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (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 is routine to modify requests for federal money following disasters. Huston's office requested $4.4 billion in a letter to Congress Thursday. 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 said the initial estimate included future economic and other losses that aren't eligible for federal programs. He said federal aid is just one piece of California's recovery efforts.