Fire season in California is about half over, but the state has already spent more than two-thirds of its $93 million firefighting budget.
H.D. Palmer is with the California Department of Finance. He says the state is prepared to pay, whatever the cost.
“If we do spend more for fire suppression than is in the budget, that doesn’t mean that the tankers don’t fly, that doesn’t mean the hand crews aren’t out there, that doesn’t mean the trucks don’t show up, we will have emergency appropriation authority to do that.”